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CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of (1609--1674)
[The history of the rebellion and civil wars in England. 1717]
The history of the rebellion and civil wars in England, begun in the year 1641. With the precedent passages, and actions, that contributed thereunto, and the happy end, and conclusion thereof by the King's blessed restoration, and return, upon the 29th of May, in the year 1660. Written by the Right Honourable Edward Earl of Clarendon, late Lord High Chancellor of England, Privy Counsellor in the reigns of King Charles the First and the Second. Volume I (II, III). Part I (II).
Oxford printed at the Theater, 1717.
3 vols ; 19.4 cm. (8º)
I: [6], XXV, [1], 288; [2], 289--720 p., [2] engr. frontis.
II: [12], 466; [2], 467--753, [1] p., [2] engr. frontis.
III: [18], 364; [2], 365--773, [75] p., [2] engr. frontis.

Originally published 1702--4. Edited by Laurence Hyde, Earl of Rochester, Thomas Sprat, Henry Aldrich and others (see H. Carter, History of the Oxford University Press, v. 1, 1975, pp. 230--6). Clarendon was the first great historical writer in English literature and his history is now valued for its intellectual sophistication and for the portraits of his contemporaries. Each volume is in two parts, the second having a separate title-page and frontispiece portrait of the author; the register and pagination are continuous in each volume. Imprimatur on verso of title-page to part 1 of each volume. ESTC t127997.

Copy Notes Volume I pt 1 is inscribed in ink on first pastedown John Smith, Sydling Dorset / formerly the Revd: Mr: Vi[----?]s / bought at his Sale. This is an extra-illustrated copy with three folded maps by Herman Moll and eighty-one engraved portraits numbered bottom right 1—60, 62—83, by George Vertue, Vandergucht and others after Van Dyck, Cornelius Johnson and other eminent painters, first issued to accompany Edward Ward's three-volume verse History of the grand rebellion, 1713. In 1715 the plates were reissued and the portraits numbered as part of Ward's The Lord Clarendon's history of the grand rebellion compleated, which includes a table listing a total of 88 plates (including the three maps as plates 84--86, and two additional portraits) with page references for 'How to place the Heads, &c. in the Lord Clarendon's History in 8o.'; the second edition of 1717 adds four further portraits but omits pl. 61. The plates are here placed as directed, but were evidently added after binding as they are tipped in. The map of 'The South Part of Great Britain' shows the hand-drawn tracing in red ink of the route of Charles II's miraculous escape from Worcester. -

Binding C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled calf, gilt-tooled spines, red and black morocco spine-labels. Bound in 6 volumes, uniform with a copy of An appendix to the history of the grand rebellion, London, 1724 (q.v.) bound as the seventh volume.

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