An Impartial Collection of The Great Affairs of State, from the Beginning of The Scotch Rebellion in the year 1639, to the Murther of King Charles I. Wherein the first Occasions and the whole Series of the late Troubles in England, Scotland & Ireland are faithfully represented. Taken from Authentick Records and Methodically Digested by John Nalson LL. Frontispiece, (vi), lxxix, 817, (15) pages; Frontispiece, (vii), xii, 920, (22) pages, 1 plate.The interiors are complete and in remarkable condition - very good indeed. There has been some minor professional paper repair to the edges of the frontispiece in vol. 1 but none of this encroaches on the image and is unobtrusive. 2 has two very small pieces missing from the corners on two pages - again these are minor and do not affect the text. An historical account of the events surrounding and leading to the English Civil War. Volume I includes "The Mind of the Frontispiece" [Poem] and the engraved frontispiece by R.
White in which Britannia is depicted crying in front of a ruined church in flames with battles in the background. Engraved portrait of the Earl of Stafford in second volume. The major work of John Nalson c. The first volume of the text was published in 1682, and the second in 1683.The work was undertaken under the special patronage of Charles II and this, alongside Nalsons much advertised pro-monarchy attitudes, calls the claim of impartiality into question. The illustrative frontispiece in Vol. A crowd of people stands watching on the land. In case the imagery employed by the engraver is not clear enough, it is accompanied on the opposite page by a poem entitled simply, The Meaning of the Frontispiece.
Her Rudder lost, her Main-Mast beaten down. Her Tackling torn, and Mariners desperate grown. The Captain from his Cabin drivn away. In that for ever execrable Day.
Ultimately this ended in victory for the Parliamentarians, who in 1649 executed Charles I (the act impartially described in Nalsons title as murther) and declared England to be a Commonwealth. The object of Nalsons Impartial Collection was to serve as an antidote to the similar collection of materials that had been used by John Rushworth to write a history of the same period. Rushworth was a lawyer, historian and politician who had been personal secretary to the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth, Oliver Cromwell, and viewed Charles I as a king who had declared war on his own people. The restored king, Charles II, ordered that Nalson was to be allowed free access to various repositories of state papers in the writing of his account. From the documents in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliament he was apparently allowed to take almost anything he pleased.
He also had access to take copies of documents in the Paper Office. He applied to the Duke of Ormonde, commander of the Cavalier forces in Ireland, for documents relating to the Civil War period in Ireland, and obtained permission to copy some of the papers. Nalson also had plans to obtain help from the Earl of Macclesfield, one of the last survivors of the king's generals.
Recently bound to period style in full hand-dyed calf with red morocco title label. Blind-tooled panels in period style to boards. New age-toned handmade paper endpapers and hand-sewn silk headbands. The gilt title has been tooled by hand in 23.5 carat English gold leaf and has been gently toned down.
The binding is in fine condition. Andrew Sims is a period bookbinder from Wales who specialises in traditional fine bookbinding and restoration of antiquarian books.
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