Rushworth Historical Collections 1659-92 English Civil War 6vol Strafford 1st Nr For Sale

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A BEAUTIFUL, RARE AND DESIRABLE 6-VOLUME SET OF THE 1659-92 FIRST EDITION OF THE `HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS` OF JOHN RUSHWORTH, THE FIRST GREAT COLLECTION OF STATE PAPERS IN ENGLISH AND THE FIRST GREAT HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR TOLD FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE PARLIAMENTARIANS.  Including the 1680 first  edition of the `Tryal of Thomas Earl of Strafford. All volumes printed at London in folio, with the first volume printed for the great George Thomason. THE SIX VOLUMES COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS SAVE THE PORTRAIT OF STRAFFORD IN THE SECOND VOLUME OF PART TWO, BUT THIS IS PRESENT AS THE FRONTISPIECE OF STRAFFORD´S TRIAL, THEREFORE ADORNED ACROSS THE SIX VOLUMES WITH SEVEN PORTRAITS AND ONE DOUBLE-PAGE MAP, in excellent condition internally and externally, and bound uniformly in modern blue morocco over blue boards.

The set is in excellent condition internally and externally. The bindings have  strong hinges and strong book-blocks. Internally, the leaves are clean with ample margins and clear print throughout. While the spines have lightened over time to an olive green they remain quite attractive on the shelf. Each volume measures 32 cm x 21 cm x 6.5 cm. Each leaf measures approx. 313 mm x 200 mm.

The first great collection of English state papers is that of John Rushworth, who was appointed clerk-assistant to the House of Commons in April, 1640, and secretary to the council of war in 1645. Whatever may have been their political bias, his labours, if only because of their priority to all others in the same field in England, would deserve the lasting gratitude of all students of English history. But his Collections of Private Passages of State, Weighty Matters in Law, and Remarkable Proceedings in Five Parliaments, of which the first volume, extending from 1618 to 1629, was published in the year before the restoration, were no mere tentative beginning. The author’s design was both comprehensive and deeply thought out. Being desirous of furnishing a faithful account of the contention between the advocates of prerogative and those of liberty which “gave the Alarm to a Civil War,” and for which he was in possession of an unusual abundance of materials,  he resolved to devote his attention mainly, though not exclusively, to the domestic struggle, and, since, with regard to this, he found forgery and fiction rampant in the unbridled pamphlet literature of the age, to make the documents on which his narrative was based the substantial part of his work. Thus, in this and the following seven volumes of this edition (Part One, 1 Vol; 1659, Part Two in 2 Vols 1680, Part Three in 2 Vols 1692, Part Four in 2 Vols 1701, Tryall of Strafford 1680), he set the first example of pragmatic history to be found in our literature, and reviewed, under the searchlight of first-hand evidence, a period whose records ran the risk of being permanently distorted by a partisanship that cleft the very depths of the national life.  

His "Historical Collections" were highly extolled by Coke, Rapin, Oldmixon, and other favourers of Puritanism: while Tory writers have condemned them as extremely partial; and John Nalson, LL. D. by the command of king Charles II. published a history to bring them into discredit. The writers of the "Parliamentary History" have also framed a long list of his mistakes, which, however, they attribute rather to the negligence and ignorance of transcribers, than to willful misrepresentations. No doubt, Rushworth's partialities and personal attachments sometimes entered into his work. Besides, the first part underwent various alterations under the revisal of Whitelocke at the request of Oliver Cromwell. Rushworth's Histories are an essential cornerstone to any collection on the English Civil War.

The set offered here comprises the following:

Part One: 1659 but really c.1680- 5 (Third Edition with the third complete new setting of type)

Part Two: Vol One and Two (Vol Two & Three on the sets binding):1680  First Edition without the title page to Part Two (correct) and three out of the four portraits as called for. Later editions were issued with only the portrait of Charles and separate title page to Part Two.

Part Three: Vol One and Two (Vol Four and Five on the binding) 1692: First edition with the portrait of Rushworth often lacking. Complete.

Tryall of Strafford (Vol Six on the binding); 1680 First Edition (2nd published 1686) Complete.

Part One:  RUSHWORTH, John  Historical Collections of Private Passages of State. Weighty matters in law. Remarkable proceedings in five Parliaments. Beginning the sixteenth year of King James, anno 1618. And ending the fifth year of King Charls, anno 1629. Digested in order of time, and now published by John Rushworth of Lincolns-Inn, Esq;  

London : printed by Tho. Newcomb for George Thomason, at the sign of the Rose and Crown in St Pauls Churchyard, 1659. But proabaly mid 1680’s.  

Title Page with Rose and Crown device. With three plates, frontis portrait of James I, Double page map of England with historical scenes, portrait of Charles I. Complete with Appendix: His Majesties declaration to all his loving subjects, of the causes which moved him to dissolve the last Parliament, March 10. 1628.

Third Edition [32], 691, [1], 59, [1]., [3] leaves of plates :  ports. ;  2⁰.

Part Two  Vol 1 & 2 (VOL 2 & 3)

RUSHWORTH,  John  Historical Collections. The Second Part. Containing the Principal Matters Which Happened from the Dissolution of the Parliament, 10th March 4. Car. I. 1628/9 Until the Summoning of another Parliament which met at Westminster April 13. 1640. With an Account of the Proceedings of That Parliament; and the Transactions and Affairs from that Time, until the meeting of Another Parliament, November the 3d following. With some Remarkable Passages therin during the first six months. Impartially related and disposed in Annals. Setting forth only Matters of fact in Order of Time, Without Observation or Reflection. By John Rushworth of Lincolns-Inn, Esq.  

London:  Printed by J.D. for John Wright at the Crown at Ludgate-hill, and Richard Chiswell at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1680. First Edition. Two Volumes.

With three out of four engraved portrait plates.  Vol 1, with three engraved portrait plates including the frontis portrait of Charles I by R. White, portrait of William Laud by R. White and portrait of James Duke of Hamilton, viii, 884pp., Vol 2, without  portrait of Sr Thomas Wentworth Kt. Earle of Strafforde by R. White (should be at page 1050), pages 885 – 1388, appendix 315pp, followed by an alphabetical table of principal matters, 16pp. Vol 2 First State was issued without a separate title page but does feature an  illustrated Initial at the start of p885.

Part Three Vol 1 & 2 (Vol 4 & 5)

RUSHWORTH, John  Historical Collections. The Third Part; in Two Volumes. Containing the Principal Matters Which Happened from the Meeting of the Parliament, November the 3d. 1640. To the End of the Year 1644. Wherein is a particular Account of the Rise and progress of the Civil War to that period: Impartially related. Setting forth only Matters of fact in Order of Time, Without Observation or Reflection. With Alphabetical Tables. By John Rushworth late of Lincolns-Inn, Esq;. Fitted for the Press in his Life-time. Licensed, Novemb. 11, 1691.

London: Printed for Richard Chiswell and Thomas Cockerill, at the Rose and Crown  in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and at the Three Legs over-against the Stocks-Market. MDCXCII (1692)

Vol I, Portrait of Rushworth,  Title page, To the Reader [4], 788p, The Table [12], Vol II: Title page, 988p., The Table [11]

1680 Tryall of Strafford (Vol 6)

RUSHWORTH, John The Tryal of Thomas Earl of Strafford, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Upon Impeachment of High Treason by the Commons then Assembled in Parliament, in the Name of Themselves and All the Commons in England: Begun in Westminster hall the 22th of March 1640 And continued before Judgment was Given until the 10th of May 1641. Shewing the form of Parliamentary proceedings for an impeachment of Treason. To which is added a Short account of Some Other Matters of Fact Transacted in Both Houses of Parliament, Precedent, Concomitant and Subsequent to the said Tryal. With some Special Arguments in Law relating to a Bill of Attainder. Faithfully Collected and Impartially Published , Without Observation or Reflection, by John Rushworth  of Lincolnes-Inn, Esq  

London: Printed for John Wright at the Crown on Ludgate-Hill, and Richard Chiswell at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1680.

First Edition. Frontis portrait of Sr Thomas Wentworth Kt. Earle of Strafforde by R. White. [vii], 786pp including The Table (p779 – p786).

Thomas Wentworth (1593-1641), a long time opponent of Parliament, was called back to England from Ireland where he was Charles I's lord deputy and was made the Earl of Strafford. Known in Ireland as 'Black Tom Tyrant,' he successfully and ruthlessly suppressed the Irish. The English and Scots feared the same. It was Wentworth who convinced the King to call Parliament in 1640 (the Short Parliament) in order to acquire money to subdue the Scots. But Parliament rejected the request and so was ended after only three weeks in session. Strafford along with Laud was arrested in November by the Long Parliament. He was accused of high treason. No proof was forthcoming and Strafford defended himself magnificently. So Parliament passed an act of attainder, which did not require proof of guilt, but simply condemned the accused to death. Charles, out of fear for his life, signed the bill. On the day of execution 200,000 watched as Strafford was beheaded on Tower Hill.

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