Lot 49: Cromwelliana (1810, extra-illustrated with over 340 additional plates)
August 28, 2016
Adelaide, AustraliaLive Auction
Cromwelliana. A Chronological Detail of Events in which Oliver Cromwell was engaged; from the Year 1642 to his Death 1658. With a Continuation of other Transactions, to the Restoration.
Westminster, Printed for Machell Stace, 1810. Folio (380 x 240 mm), two volumes, -6 (title page, printed in black and red, verso blank; introduction leaf), 196 pages plus 5 plates (as originally published); although it lacks the half-title, this is more than compensated for by being extra-illustrated with over 340 additional plates (comprising portraits, views, historical scenes and maps) expertly mounted and interleaved throughout the two volumes now required. Contemporary Cambridge-style calf with ornamental gilt rolls and corner pieces; spines gilt in compartments, with five raised bands (retained intact when the book was skilfully rebacked), and red and black morocco title-labels lettered in gilt; covers a little marked and scuffed, with some surface loss; withal a very attractive set, with the plates essentially in fine condition.
This would appear to be one of the 250 large paper copies. The additional illustrations include 20 double-page spreads, and 8 large folding plates; the bulk of the remainder (some 293 of them) are mounted individually, with only approximately 20 small enough to be mounted two or three per leaf. An extraordinary one-off compilation, albeit produced only at the expense of the scores of books cannibalized for the purpose ... [2 items].