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HYDE, Edward, Earl of Clarendon.
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. TOGETHER WITH : The Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon, Lord High Chancellor of England, and Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Containing, I. An Account of the Chancellor's Life from his Birth to the Restoration in 1660. II. A Continuation of the same, and of his History of the Grand Rebellion, from the Restoration to his Banishment in 1667. Written by Himself. Printed from the Original Manuscripts, given to the University of Oxford, by the Heirs of the late Earl of Clarendon.

Vol.I : pp. (iv), XXIII, (i), 557, (i). Engraved portrait of Hyde after LELY by R[OBERT]. WHITE, 1700, title vignette by M[ICHAEL]. BURGHERS, head-, tail-pieces and initials engraved by Burghers after HENRY ALDRICH; Vol.II : pp. (xvi), 581, (iii) blank. Engraved portrait of Hyde as for v.I also dated for 1700, title vignette and decorations as for v.I; Vol.III : pp. (xxiv), 603, (i) blank, (xix) Index, (iii) blank. Engraved portrait of Hyde after LELY, by BURGHERS undated, title vignette by Burghers dated 1704, internal decorations by Burghers; LIFE, v.IV : pp. (ii) Half-title, (ii) Title, III, (i) blank, 133, (i) blank, (ii) Sub-title The Continuation, (i) blank, 523, (i) blank, (xi) Indices, (i) blank. Engraved portrait of Hyde after LELY by R. WHITE, 1703, engraved title vignette, head-, tail-pieces and initials. All in contemporary panelled calf, all spine edges worn but joints firm, some corners worn, usual scuffs and the odd worn patch, a couple of small patches of leather lost from the front board of the Life, trivial worm-track in the top margin of the first few leaves of v.I, single track in lower margin of ten leaves [sigs.3N to 3P] in v.2, lower corner of half-title in v.II torn, occasional corner turned over, occasional brown spot and marginal nick, some dusty margins, wide margins and text clean, overall a good set with all half-titles and portraits, each volume with the engraved book-plate of SIR CHARLES COCKERELL, BART. [1755-1837, of Hyde Park House, Mdx. and Sezincote, Glos.].

*GARRISON-MORTON 2884: 'From the description given by the Earl of Clarendon in his autobiography, his father, Henry Hyde, almost certainly suffered from, and died of, angina pectoris. If this is really so, it is the first recorded case. The description is reproduced in, 1922, 4, 210.' SEE also MAJOR Classic Descriptions of Disease, 3rd. edn., pp. 416-418 quoting verbatim from The Life, 1759, pp. 9-10. SEE also WILLIUS & DRY A History of the Heart and the Circulation, pp. 85 & 388; WILLIUS & KEYS Classics of Cardiology v.I, p.219, footnote; REYNOLDS Historical Library #946 [a later edition in 8vo.]; BLAKE A Short Title Catalogue of 18th Century Books in the NLM, p.89. NOT in the Osler, Cushing or Waller collections nor the EVAN BEDFORD Cardiology Library. SEE NICOLAS BARKER The Oxford University Press and the Spread of Learning, 1978, pp. 27-28, #112 : 'The great landmark in Aldrich's management of the Press was the publication of Clarendon's History of the Rebellion ... Extraordinary pains were taken with it: the text was specially transcribed from a copy made for Clarendon which was revised by the Bishop of Rochester, Thomas Sprat ..... [Aldrich] drew the designs for headpieces and initials which made the folio edition one of the handsomest books hitherto produced in England .... the plates are still preserved [see the illustrations in Barker's book, nos. 111, 112]. SIR CHARLES COCKERELL [1755-1837], Writer for the East India Company, postmaster-general of Bengal, principal partner in a Calcutta mercantile and banking company, mayor of Evesham in 1810 and 1833, represented Evesham in Parliament in 1820 but regarded as a 'lax attender' and never having spoken in debate. He was re-elected in the 1830 election but following a petition in opposition to his election, he and Lord Kennedy were found guilty of bribery and the election declared void. In 1831 he was returned at the top of the poll in the general election and again in 1832, sitting as a Liberal until he died in 1837.

Printed at the Theatre; At the Clarendon Printing House. Oxford.

Date Published: 1702-1703-1707-1759. All first editions except v.3 2nd. 4 volumes. Folio.

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Price: 1,450.00