(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, the subscribers’ edition. Uncommon account of the dramatic tale of Colonel Blood’s clumsy plot to steal the Crown Jewels, COPAC has just BL for this and also a copy of the John Heywood-published standard edition, OCLC adds a copy of the former at New York University and the latter 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 pale grey-blue cloth, title in red and black to the upper board, in black to spine. Illustration to the text, title printed in red and black, running head in red. Bibliotheca Lindesiana bookplate top the front pastedown, Balcarres ownership inscription dated 1909 to the front free endpaper, later inscription of W. A. Wagstaff to the front pastedown, and book ticket of Jonathan Goodman, crime historian to free endpaper. A little rubbed and spotted, spine slightly tanned, some foxing and browning, but overall very good.