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The Fairfax Correspondence. Memoirs of the Reign of Charles the First; [together with:] Memorials of The Civil War, comprising the correspondence of the Fairfax family with the most distinguished personages engaged in that memorable contest. Now first published from the original manuscripts. Forming the concluding volumes of The Fairfax Correspondence.
London: Richard Bentley, 1848–9 - 2 works in 4 volumes, octavo (217 x 134 mm). Uniformly bound in near-contemporary calf, red and brown labels to spines, spines richly gilt to compartments, double gilt fillets to covers, marbled edges and endpapers. Ink ownership inscriptions to verso of front free endpapers. Slight chip to label of vol. I not affecting text, spine of vol. III very slightly chipped at head and slightly splitting at head of front joint, head of joints of vol. I slightly split but still firm, covers of vol. I slightly stained and worn, extremities slightly rubbed, some corners lightly bumped, very occasional light foxing. Overall a very good set. Engraved portrait frontispieces, 3 other engraved portraits. First editions. Johnson inherited the Fairfax manuscripts, comprising the correspondence of the Fairfax family during the civil war and restoration, upon the death of his father. His publication of the documents in 1848 and 1849, with the first two volumes edited by himself and the latter two by Robert Bell, marked their first publication. They are a crucial resource for students of the period, with the Fairfax family playing a key role in the events of those years and conducting a correspondence with most of the leading political figures of the time. With a presentation inscription to the first blank of volume I, presenting the volumes as a gift upon leaving Eton College in 1863. An attractively bound set. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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