Oliver Cromwell. Oliver. Gardiner Cromwell, Samuel Rawson.

Oliver Cromwell.

1899. London, Paris, New York, and Edinburgh: Goupil & Co., Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant & Co., 1899.

Folio, [10], v, 216, [6] pp., with a color frontisportrait and facsimiles of two letters on three pages, and 42 photogravure plates many with brown or peach printed borders, all with original captioned tissue guards, chapter initials are all printed in peach, title page printed in black and red. Contemporary half red morocco with gilt rules, and red cloth boards. Backstrip with five raised bands stamped and lettered in gilt, top-edge gilt. Minor foxing throughout, some light stains and bumping to boards; very good. With the bookplate of C. O. Kleinsmith to upper pastedown.

§ Limited edition, of 1475 copies this is number 100. Samuel Rawson Gardiner’s illustrated biography of Cromwell, who led parliamentary forces in the English Civil War, helped depose and execute Charles I, and served as lord protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1653 until his death in 1658. Gardiner (1892-1902) was an English historian, teacher at Oxford, and popular lecturer. His major work was Constitutional Documents of the Puritan Revolution, and was also prolific in the ninth edition of Encyclopaedia Briannica. His style tends to be monotonous and unenthusiastic, with the exception of this history of Oliver Cromwell, many saw this change in tone as evidence that he worshipped Cromwell as a hero, but that was not the case. However, Gardiner was up front with his concern and position on matters such as the House of Lords reform and public worship. His extensive History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate while being recognized by honorary degrees and membership of many institutions, came under scrutiny for bias many times during and after his lifetime. OCLC: 228773582. Item #108269

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