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CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of.

The History Of The Rebellion And Civil Wars In England.

To which is added, an Historical View of the Affairs in Ireland.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1819 Stock Code: 114062
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A very pleasing library set of Clarendon's History, which was "the most sophisticated and finely balanced history yet written in English" (ODNB) when first published in Oxford in 1702-3, and remained a staple of all libraries for long after. This set was in the library of the Carleton-Cowper family at Carleton Hall, near Penrith, Cumbria: the house and its contents were auctioned off by Major G. T. M. Carleton Cowper in 1947, and the building is now occupied by the Cumbria Constabulary.

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6 volumes, octavo (213 x 130 mm). Contemporary polished calf, spines gilt in compartments, twin red and maroon morocco labels, 3-line blind frames enclosing gilt supralibros of the Hulme bequest to covers, marbled edges.


Cowper Hall book labels to front pastedowns, ownership inscription "E. N. Bownas, Aug. 21st 1947" to front pastedowns or free endpapers. A few very mild scuffs to covers, small chip to fore edge of vol. 2 rear board, light spotting to endleaves and very occasionally to text-leaves, mainly in the margins, newspaper clippings tipped to vol. 1 front pastedown relating to the sale of the contents of Carleton Hall in 1947, sheet of thick paper pasted over the free endpaper, these flaws minor: an excellent, bright set.


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