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History of The Most Renowned and Victorious - ELIZABETH I CAMDEN William - 1688. 
1688 - CAMDEN, William. The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth, Late Queen of England; Containing All the most Important and Remarkable Passages of State both at Home and Abroad (so far as they were linked with English Affairs) during her Long and Prosperous Reign. London: Printed by M. Flesher for R. Bentley, 1688. Small folio (8 by 12 inches), contemporary full dark brown speckled calf sympathetically rebacked in calf-gilt, red morocco spine label, raised bands. $3500.1688 edition of Camden's seminal history of Elizabeth I, "among the best historical productions which have yet been composed by an Englishman" (Hume). With splendid engraved frontispiece portrait of Queen Elizabeth by Robert White, scarce in contemporary calf boards, and with the engraved armorial bookplate of Lord Camden, i.e., Charles Pratt, Lord Chancellor during the American Revolution and the first Earl Camden.This "most exquisite history" by the greatest Renaissance historian of England (Lowndes, 358), granted William Camden full "claim to be considered as the founder, not merely of antiquarian studies, but also of the study of modern history" (PMM 101). Camden's "friend and patron, Lord Burleigh, had in 1597, a year before his death, urged Camden to compile a history of the reign of Elizabeth. His lordship had carefully noted the events and actors of the time, and his information and literary records were of invaluable assistance to the historian" (DNB). In his History of England, Hume notes that this work "is written with simplicity of expression, very rare in that age, and with a regard to truth. It would not, perhaps, be too much to affirm that it is among the best historical productions which have yet been composed by any Englishman." "With William Camden the chronicle reached its zenith" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 82). Originally published in Latin as Annales Rerum Anglicarum, et Hibernicarum Regnante Elizabetha in two parts (part I in London, 1615 and part II in Leiden in 1625 and in London, 1627). Camden requested that part II be published posthumously. The first English translation of part I appeared in 1625 and of part II in 1629. This fourth edition is one of two issues that appeared in 1688 (the other was "Printed by M. Flesher for J. Tonson"); its translator from the Latin is unknown. Wing C363. CBEL I, 827. See also STC 4497-98, 4500-1. Engraved armorial bookplate of Lord Camden, Charles Pratt (1714-94), lawyer and politician: "Legal historians have acclaimed Lord Camden as a great lord chancellor". Sir William Holdsworth, in his magisterial History of English Law, rated Camden as 'a great constitutional lawyer, a great legal historian, and a great common lawyer""a worthy successor, by virtue both of his learning and his principles, of such predecessors as Coke and Hale and Holt'" (ODNB).Contemporary calf boards expertly restored. An attractive, very good copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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