1899 Oliver Cromwell Large Fine Leather Binding Illustrated Limited Edition
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1899 Oliver Cromwell Large Fine Leather Binding Illustrated Limited Edition:
<img target="_blank"><img Cromwell By Samuel Rawson Gardiner.There Have Been Printed Of This Work One Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy-Five Copies On Fine Paper. No. 184
Publication Date: 1899
Publisher: New York: Goupil & Sons
Author: Gardiner, Samuel Rawson
Binding: Beautiful 3/4 leather binding of brilliant crimson French Levant crushed morocco. 5 raised spine bands. Gilt lettered direct. Marbleized boards. The volume was obviously hand-bound, but we were unable to locate a binder's mark. Binding is solid, with light wear to extremities. Volume measures 13 1/8" x 10 1/4". TEG. Gorgeous Ex Libris plate on front pastedown: Ernest Flagg. Marbleized endpapers with no other markings.
Description: Text is clean. Illustrated, including a coloured frontispiece, and a facsimile of a letter written by Cromwell, dated 1657. Samuel Rawson Gardiner was an English historian, regarded into the 21st century as the foremost historian of the Puritan revolution. As a foremost historian of the era, Gardiner's evaluation of Oliver Cromwell is especially significant. No figure in English history has called forth a greater range of evaluations. Gardiner concluded:The manit is ever so with the noblestwas greater than his work. In his own heart lay the resolution to subordinate self to public ends, and to subordinate material to moral and spiritual objects of desire. He was limited by the defects which make imperfect the character and intellect even of the noblest and the wisest of mankind. He was limited still more by the unwillingness of his contemporaries to mould themselves after his ideas. The blows that he had struck against the older system had their enduring effects. Few wished for the revival of the absolute kingship, of the absolute authority of a single House of Parliament, or of the Laudian system of governing the Church. . . . The living forces of Englandforces making for the destruction of those barriers which he was himself breaking through, buoyed him upas a strong and self-confident swimmer, he was carried onward by the flowing tide.
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