1826 The Lives of the right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford. The Hon. Sir Dudley North. The Hon and Rev Dr John North.
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Early Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
Complete in three volumes, with a frontispiece to each volume.
The New edition, being the first complete edition.
Written by Roger North detailing the lives of his three brothers, the most famous being Francis and Dudley North, both eminent political figures in the court of Charles II and James II.
Francis North, Baron Guilford, had been an noted lawyer and Justice of the Common Pleas before being appointed Lord Keeper of the Great Seal in 1683. He is notable for having sat as a judge on some of the Popish Plot trials where he was accused of excessive credulity in bowing to anti Catholic hysteria.
Dudley North was an English Merchant, politician and economist. He was knighted in 1683 and elected member of parliament in 1685. He held various positions due to his success and experience in trade, including commissioner of customs and later of the treasury.
Roger North was an English lawyer and biographer best known for this work and his own autobiography, regarded as key works in the understanding of the period and in particular the political and economical details of the times.
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A beautifully tooled set of this important work.
In full calf bindings, with gilt tooling to the spines. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the joints and extremities. Volume I has been rebacked with the original spine laid down. Light tidemark to the rear board of volume I. Rear hinge to volume I is strained but firm. Front hinge to volume III is strained but firm. Rear hinge has failed with the backstrip detached from textblock. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Light spots to the first and last few pages. Minor tidemarks to the bottom of frontispieces. Offsetting to title pages. Otherwise, pages are generally clean.
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