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A Chronicle of the Kings of England

From the time of the Romans government, unto the death of King James. Containing all passages of State and Church, with all other Observations Proper for a Chronicle.

Faithfully collected out of authors Ancient and Modern; and Digested into a method, by Sir Richard Baker, Knight.

Whereunto is added, the reign of King Charles the First, and the First Thirteen Years of His Sacred Majesty, King Charles the Second, that now Reigneth.

In which are many Material Affairs of State, Never before Publishers; and likewise the most Remarkable Occurrences relative to His Majesties most Happy and Wonderful Restauration, by the Prudent Conduct under of of George, Late Duke of Albemarle, Captain General of all His Majesties Armies. As they were Extracted out of His Excellencies own Papers, and the Journals and Memorials of those Imploy'd in the most Important and Secret Transactions at that Time.

By Sir Richard Baker, Knight; George Late Duke of Albemarle; Edward Phillips

1684 - London - Printed for H. Sawbridge

13.5" by 9", [50], 1-63, 56[text continues with no break, a misprint of 64], 65-279, 208[misprint], 281-750, [42pp]. Collated, text complete but with portrait frontispiece and illustrated title absent.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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A Chronicle of the Kings of England. From the time of the Romans government, unto the death of King James. Containing all passages of State and Church, with all other Observations Proper for a Chronicle. Faithfully collected out of authors Ancient and Modern; and Digested into a method, by Sir Richard Baker, Knight.

Whereunto is added, the reign of King Charles the First, and the First Thirteen Years of His Sacred Majesty, King Charles the Second, that now Reigneth. In which are many Material Affairs of State, Never before Publishers; and likewise the most Remarkable Occurrences relative to His Majesties most Happy and Wonderful Restauration, by the Prudent Conduct under of of George, Late Duke of Albemarle, Captain General of all His Majesties Armies. As they were Extracted out of His Excellencies own Papers, and the Journals and Memorials of those Imploy'd in the most Important and Secret Transactions at that Time.

All which Additions are Revised in this Eighth Impression, and freed from many errors and mistakes of the Former Editions.

With Epistle to the Reader to front signed E. Phillips. The reign of King Charles the First The first thirteen years of the reign of King Charles the II are by Edward Phillips. Editions after 1660 have a continuation by Edward Phillips who is a valuable authority for the period 1658-1660 and is based on the lost papers of Sir Thomas Clarges. An unpaginated index to rear.

Sir Richard Baker (c1568 - 1645) was a politician, historian and religious writer. He was the English author of the Chronicle of the Kings of England and other works.

By making himself responsible for some debts of his wife's family he was reduced to great poverty, which led to the seizure of his Oxfordshire property in 1625. Penniless, he took refuge in the Fleet prison in 1635, and was still in confinement when he died 18 February 1645. He was buried in St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London.

During his imprisonment Baker spent his time mainly in writing. His chief work is the Chronicle of the Kings of England from the Time of the Romans' Government unto the Death of King James (1643, and many subsequent editions). For many years the Chronicle was extremely popular, but owing to numerous inaccuracies its historical value is very slight.

With past auction catalogue clippings with prices in pounds and shillings tipped-in to front pastedown.

Contemporary ink annotations in places to margins.

CONDITION

In a contemporary diced calf binding. Externally, generally sound but with some wear to extremities, rubbing and marks to boards. Front board held by cords only, rear joint starting. Internally, text block firmly bound. Bright but with scattered foxing, handling marks and odd slight ink marks. Repairs to title and first page of text, with loss slightly affecting text to first page. Marginal loss not affecting text to pages 303, 619 and 645 and odd slight closed tears and marginal chipping to other pages slightly affecting text in places although readable. The odd page closed cropped, not affecting text. Lacks portrait and illustrated title. Remnants of seals to pages 503 and 559 with marks and to opposite page and indentations to surrounding pages.

Overall: GOOD ONLY


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