8vo., pp. , 179 , with the engraved title-page, the portrait of Hayward, and the cancels L3, M3, N3, and Q4 to remove offending phrases as detailed in the Pforzheimer Catalogue, but wanting the preliminary blank; a later plate titled ‘The Gold and Silver Coins of Edward the VI’ tipped in at the end; a very good copy in red morocco, gilt, by Bayntun; joints rubbed.
US $688 €590
Added to your basket:
The Life and Raigne of King Edward the Sixt …
First edition, the variant without the added letter-press title-page. Hayward’s Life and Raigne is the earliest biography of Edward VI and remained an influential account of the King’s life for three centuries. The work was circulated in manuscript during the 1620s and published posthumously three years after Hayward’s death in 1627; it was probably written with the encouragement of Henry, the young Prince of Wales, who Hayward may have tutored at one point. In this ‘monument’ to the King’s ‘unperishable fame’ Hayward explores the court politics, foreign policy, and military affairs of Edward’s reign with an emphasis on the personal character and behaviour of the participants.
Hayward’s literary career had an inauspicious start: his first work, The First Part of the Life and Raigne of King Henrie IIII (1599), earned him a spell in the Tower for a preface which seemed to offer encouragement to the ambitions of the rebellious Earl of Essex. He went on to prosper under James I, however, and was appointed the official historiographer of the King’s new college at Chelsea.
STC 12998; Pforzheimer 459.
You may also be interested in...
An impartial enquiry into the management of the war in Spain, by the ministry at home, and into the conduct of those generals, to whose care the same has been committed abroad. Collected from many original letters and councils of war, never published before. Together with an account of the several embarkations, both of British and foreign troops, that have been sent to Spain or Portugal for the support of the present war. And a distribution of the annual sums granted by Parliament, and applied to those services.
First edition of this examination of the British participation in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714) down to 1710, with particular emphasis on the years 1703–7. The author, Martin Bladen (1680–1746), ‘matriculated at St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1697 and in the same year was admitted at the Inner Temple, but did not pursue a career in law. He joined the army, served in the Low Countries and Spain, and became an aide-de-camp to Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, first earl of Galway. In 1709 he was appointed colonel of a regiment of foot raised in Portugal, but he sold the colonelcy in 1710 and retired from the army’ (Oxford DNB). Bladen later became an important figure on the Board of Trade.
The Gunpowder-Treason, with a discourse on the manner of its discovery; and a perfect relation of the proceedings against those horrid conspirators; wherein is contained their examinations, tryals, and condemnations: likewise King James’s speech to both Houses of Parliament, on that occasion; now re-printed …
Later edition, much expanded with a preface by Thomas Barlow, Bishop of Lincoln (1608/9–1691) and ‘several papers or letters of Sir Everard Digby … never before printed’; first published in 1606 as A true and perfect relation of the proceedings at the several arraignments of the late most barbarous traitors. The letters of Everard Digby, plotter (1578-1606), were discovered in 1675 at the house of Charles Cornwallis, the executor of his son Kenelm Digby’s (1603–1665) estate.