- Museum number
- Object: Clarendon's History of the Rebellion
Edward Hyde, first Earl of Clarendon, "The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, begun in the Year 1641" (Oxford, Printed at the Theatre), 1702-4; extra-illustrated with 1700 portraits, historical prints, maps, plans, views, and engravings of seals, medals and coats of arms relating to the English Civil War, bound in eight folio volumes with specially-printed titlepages in 1796. Leather bindings with gold tooling and end linings of magenta silk with purple ribbons.
Engravings and etchings, some with hand-colouring
- Production date
Height: 585 millimetres (sheet size of each page)
Width: 450 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A manuscript index to topography, persons, artists and engravers compiled by Edward Carpenter and an Index of Artists are kept in the Department Library.
Illustrations are consecutively numbered within each volume.
Volume 1 contains 341 extra-illustrations.
Volume 2 contains 102 extra-illustrations.
Volume 3 contains 170 extra-illustrations.
Volume 4 contains 209 extra-illustrations.
Volume 5 contains 279 extra-illustrations.
Volume 6 contains 324 extra-illustrations.
Volume 7 contains 171 extra-illustrations.
Volume 8 contains 104 extra-illustrations.
The letterpress pages of Clarendon's text have been grafted separately into the larger pages of the present volumes, allowing margins on each side for extra-illustrations.
Some extra-illustrations of individual importance have been registered separately.
See also the 2-volume extra-illustrated copy of Whitelocke's Historical Memorials which belongs with this Clarendon (see Ll,7.1-2).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017-18 Sept-Jan, BM, G90, The Business of Prints
- Associated events
- Associated Event: English Civil War 1642-1651
- Associated titles
Associated Title: The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, begun in the Year 1641
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester, bequeathed in 1834 this copy of Clarendon's History extra-illustrated in eight volumes, along with his extra-illustrated 2-volume Whitelocke (Ll,7.1-2). According to W.H.Ireland, 'Satiricus Sculptor', the anonymous author of Chalcographimania in 1814, p.118, the Duke won them as a prize in a raffle, although he 'possesses no taste for this mania'. It emerges from James Caulfield, 'Calcographiana', of 1814, p.138, that this illustrated Clarendon was 'made up by Mr Jeffrey of Pall Mall'. This confirms the suggestion of Ireland's text, that they had been put together as a speculation by the book dealer Jeffrey, who then raffled them. This would presumably have been in 1796, the date printed on the titlepage. Jeffrey was Edward Jeffrey, documented between 1788 and 1830 opposite Carlton House.
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