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Charles the Second in the Channel Islands. A Contribution to His Biography and to the History of His Age.

By S. Elliott Hoskins

1854

Richard Bentley : London

9" by 6"

xv, 448pp; vii, 408pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A pleasing and complete two volume set of this very scarce and fascinating historical study of Charles the Second's relationship with the Channel Islands.

Containing a personal history of Charles the Second during the earlier period of his exile in Jersey and Guernsey. This work was written by the British physician turned historian, Samuel Elliott Hoskins. Hoskins was born in Guernsey and spent most of his life on the island, devoting himself to historical research of the Channel Islands after retiring from his medical profession. A first edition set, complete in two volumes. Each volume has been rebound in a uniform full cloth binding, featuring a charming illustrated bookplate of a 'Roy and Nina Merley' to the front pastedown of each volume. The Merleys owned Plaish Hall, Shropshire. This is a stunning Grade I Tudor house, which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The home once belonged to Judge William Leighton, who was an amateur poet and sixteenth century composer. The house, as it stands now, was built in two stages for Leighton, who was presiding over a trial of prisoners whilst the home was being completed. Roy and Nina Merley owned the house for thirty-five years and were responsible for reinstating the Tudor style gardens and renovating the house to its former glory. Their bookplate has an image of the house in the background, with a blackbird eating a worm in the foreground. Featuring a folding map to volume I, depicting the Channel Islands, with 'the adjacent coast of France'.

CONDITION

Rebound in a full cloth binding with gilt title to spines. Externally lovely. Prior owner's bookplate tipped to front pastedown of each volume. Internally firmly bound. Pages slightly age toned to extremities but bright and clean, with the odd light spot to the occasional page. Ink stamp to title page of each volume.

Overall Condition: Near Fine

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