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1829 Sir Walter Ralegh Raleigh 1st Ed Rare Antique Leather Books Fine Bindings For Sale
1829 RALEGH First Edition
Sir Walter Ralegh, Kt.
Now First Collected:
To Which Are Prefixed
The Lives of The Author,
By Oldys and Birch.
In Eight Volumes.
Publication Date: 1829. First Edition. First Collected Edition of Raleigh's Works.
Publisher: Oxford: At The University Press
Author: Ralegh [Raleigh], Sir Walter
Binding: Gorgeous full leather bindings of rich carmel colored polished calf. Handbound by Sotheran & Co. 5 raised bands per spine, all with very bright gilt accents. Extremely elaborate gilt designs in all spine compartments. Marvelous shelf appeal and very heavily gilded spines. Gilt remains very bright. Two contrasting leather labels per volume, one brilliant crimson and the other ivory black. All labels remain fully present and bright. Double gilt ruling to front and back boards, accented with a blindstamped border and gilt rosettes anchoring each corner. Bindings are solid. Volumes are in Near Fine condition, with only extremely minimal wear to extremities. Colorfully marbleized endpapers, which remain free from Ex Libris plates. All exterior edges of textblocks are marbleized to match. Volumes measure 8 7/8" x 5 3/4".
Description: First Edition. Rare. Complete ineight volumes. Volume I The life of Sir Walter Ralegh, by William Oldys, and The life of Sir Walter Ralegh, by Thomas Birch. Volumes II-VII The history of the world. Volume VIII Miscellaneous Works of Sir Walter Ralegh. Old and light gall ink signature atop title pages, in right corner. "J T Ford [I cant make out the location] 1859". Text is generally clean with occasional mild foxing only.
Sir Walter Raleigh (1554-1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England. Raleigh was born to a Protestant family in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne. Little is known of his early life, though he spent some time in Ireland, in Killua Castle, Clonmellon, County Westmeath, taking part in the suppression of rebellions and participating in the Siege of Smerwick. Later he became a landlord of property confiscated from the native Irish. He rose rapidly in the favour of Queen Elizabeth I, and was knighted in 1585. Instrumental in the English colonisation of North America, Raleigh was granted a royal patent to explore Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements. In 1591 he secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, without the Queen's permission, for which he and his wife were sent to the Tower of London. After his release, they retired to his estate at Sherborne, Dorset.
In 1594 Raleigh heard of a "City of Gold" in South America and sailed to find it, publishing an exaggerated account of his experiences in a book that contributed to the legend of "El Dorado". After Queen Elizabeth died in 1603 Raleigh was again imprisoned in the Tower, this time for allegedly being involved in the Main Plot against King James I, who was not favourably disposed toward him. In 1616 he was released to lead a second expedition in search of El Dorado. This was unsuccessful and men under his command ransacked a Spanish outpost. He returned to England and, to appease the Spanish, was arrested and executed in 1618.
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