Oliver Cromwell Speeches (1870)
Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches: With Elucidations (1870)
by Thomas Carlyle
8 ¼ x 5 ½. In English. Published by Chapman and Hall, 193 Piccadilly, London, 1870. Five Volumes. Complete. Gorgeous full vellum bindings over wooden boards. Obviously, hand-bound, but we were unable to locate a binder's mark. We believe them to be the work of either Rivingtons or Bickers. "Prize" bindings, with elaborate gilt crest on both boards. Gilt double ruling to front and back boards, with each corner anchored with a gilt rosette. Extremely elaborate gilt designs in spine compartments. Two contrasting leather spine labels per volume, all of which remain fully present. Marbleized endpapers, which remain free from Ex Libris plates and free from signatures. Old gall ink prize inscription on verso of front free. All exterior edges of text blocks colorfully dyed crimson. Engraved frontispiece portrait with facsimile autograph, with numerous other illustrations. Text is clean and crisp. A fine and handsome copy, without any perceivable wear, and virtually as new internally. (The color image of the subject we included on our website is NOT in the book.)
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) rose from relatively humble origins to become the most successful military and political leader of the English Civil Wars. Lord Protector of England from 1654-8, he was offered-and refused- the Crown itself. Cromwell is one of the most controversial figures in the history of the British Isles, considered a regicidal dictator by historians such as David Sharp, a military dictator by Winston Churchill, but a hero of liberty by John Milton, Thomas Carlyle, and Samuel Rawson Gardiner, and a class revolutionary by Leon Trotsky. In a 2002 BBC poll in Britain, Cromwell, sponsored by military historian Richard Holmes, was selected as one of the ten greatest Britons of all time. However, his tolerance of Protestant sects did not extend to Catholics: his measures against them in Ireland have been characterized as genocidal or near-genocidal, and in Ireland his record is harshly criticized. Carlyle’s “Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches: With Elucidations” was first published in 1845.
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