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WHITLOCKE, Bulstrode
A CONTEMPORARY HISTORY OF 17TH CENTURY ENGLAND
London: printed for Nathaniel Ponder, 1682. Woodcut initials. Contemporary calf, rebacked spine label; other than a paper repair on p. 433, interior in excellent condition. From the library of Sir Charles Wolseley Bart, one of the Wolseley baronets in Staffordshire, with his bookplate on the paste-down. First edition. This late seventeenth-century text covers the reigns of Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, and Charles II from 1625 to 1660. It is essentially a history of the Puritan Revolution and the English Civil War, describing the major events of the time like the trial and execution of Charles I, Cromwell's self-appointment as Lord Protector and the Restoration of Charles II. Initially published anonymously, the text was derived from Whitlocke's personal diary. Arthur, Earl of Anglesey (1614-1686), edited the diaries to such an extent that Whitlocke's personal narrative was lost in place of a more historical text. Anglesey then issued Memorials posthumously. It is an invaluable resource for the study of one of the most important periods in English history. Early English Books, 1641-1700, 556:10; ESTC, R13122; Lowndes, X, 2905-2906; Wing, W1986. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Rootenberg Rare Books & Manuscripts [United States]
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