(BLOOD, Colonel.) KAYE, Whittenbury [pseud. of Eugene Walter].
The Romance & Adventures of the notorious Colonel Blood,
who attempted to steal The Crown Jewels from The Tower of London in the Reign of Charles II.
First edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood’s clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, COPAC has just BL for this John Heywood-published standard edition and also a copy of the Subscriber’s edition; OCLC adds a copy of the latter at New York University and the former at the University of Minnesota. Rev. Whittenbury Kaye was a Manchester clergyman and antiquarian. Finding a record of Blood’s wedding to Maria Holcroft in the parish register of his own church, he set to gathering all the materials he could relating to the career of the flamboyant Irishman.
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Octavo, original blue cloth, title in red and black to the upper board, in black to spine. Illustration to the text. Later ownership inscription to the front pastedown. A little rubbed and spotted, spine slightly sunned and chipping head and tail, some foxing and browning, but overall very good.