The History of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Robert Burton.
The History of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

The History of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland.

London: 1728. The sixth edition. Being An Account of all the Battles, Sieges, and other Military Achievements, wherein he was engaged, in these three Nations. And likewise Of his Civil Administrations, while he had the Supream Government, till his Death. Relating only Matter of Fact, without Passion or Partiality." 12mo, b&w frontis (woodcut of Oliver Crumwell (sic), 188pp, ads (iv), woodcut illustrations, including a portrait bust of the doomed King Charles I. Original boards, dark brown leather covers with a later spine and title piece, with gilt title reading "Crom-well" in gilt on black ground. Boards are rubbed at corners, and front cover is somewhat dusty. Internally, pages are toned at bottom edges, and there are later pencil markings on the back end paper. "Robert Burton", the name of the author, is one of several pseudonyms used by a London printer named Nathaniel Crouch, who most often signed himself "R.B." In reference to the King Charles' execution, Robert Burton writes here "But having recently published a Book, called, The Wars in England, Scotland and Ireland, wherein is an exact account of the King's Tryal, with the Reasons he would have offered against the pretended Jurisdiction of their Court of Justice, and his last Speech at the time of his Suffering, I shall refer the Reader to that, and wholly omit it here... This fatal Blow being given, the remainder of the House of Commons and the Army made it evident, that they were not only for cutting off the King, but the Kingship it self, and thereupon the House Voted, That Kingly Government is unnecessary, burdensome and dangerous..." (page 49). Item #11847

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