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(MONCK, George, first duke of Albemarle.) SKINNER, Thomas.

The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;

From an Original Manuscript of … To which is added a Preface, giving an Account of the Manuscript, and some Observations in Vindication of General Monk's Conduct; by William Webster …

London, Printed by W. Bowyer, for the Editor, 1723 Stock Code: 139640

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First edition. Life of the great general and general-at-sea whose career flourished under two monarchs, the Commonwealth, and the Protectorate. "Skinner is thought to have been physician to the Duke of Albemarle, when residing at New Hall in Essex he is best-known as the author of The Life of General Monk published in 1723 by William Webster with a preface defending Monck's character, and attributing the manuscript to Skinner. A letter from Skinner to the secretary of state in January 1677 states that he was solicited by the second duke of Albemarle to write a life of his father in Latin, but only this English version of the life has survived. Skinner applied to Samuel Barrow and others for assistance in his task, and claims to have had access to a collection of Monck's papers" (ODNB).

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Octavo (195 x 115 mm). Contemporary blind-panelled calf ?trade binding, red morocco label to the spine, raised band with gilt rules, acorn-fleuron lozenge gilt to the compartments, sedges sprinkled red.


Engraved head- and tail-pieces.


Contemporary ownership inscription of "J. Allen, Trin. Coll. Cam." to the title page, probably John Allen, senior fellow of Trinity, rector of Tarporley, and antiquary; later armorial bookplate of Charles William Vane, third marquess Londonderry (1778–1854), to the front pastedown. A little rubbed, corners bumped, light marginal damp staining to the first few leaves, light browning else, very good.


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