London: Printed for Richard Royston, 1660. First edition. Hardcover. Magnificently rebacked in full tan gilt calf with gilt inner dentelles, bound by J. Clarke. The copy of Henry B. H. Beaufoy, FRS, noted collector of Shakespeare and prestigious hot air balloonist, with his crest bookplate.
Henry Benjamin Hanbury Beaufoy (1786-1851), member of a wealthy Quaker family, was a philanthropist, artist and coin and book collector (the "Beaufoy Shakespeares," the first four folio editions of Shakespeare's works were sold at Christie's).
Beaufoy famously made a hot air balloon flight with James Sadler (first English balloonist), from Hackney, Middlesex, to East Thorpe, Essex. In numerous other flights he collected valuable information for cartographers, meteorologists, and physicists.
A biography written by a committed royalist intended to restore Charles I's image. Beaufoy may have acquired the biography due to a Charles I and Shakespeare connection: in 1633 Shakespeare's version of 'The Taming of the Shrew' was performed at court before Charles I and Henrietta Maria.
Frontispiece portrait. Small 8vo, frontispiece portrait, 71pp, pp advertisement. All edges gilt, with the initials E. G. H. gilt stamped at the front board; gilt title pieces, "Historic Memoirs" and "Character of Charles I" at spine. Top of front board slightly sunned, lower corners slightly rubbed, otherwise a very good + fine binding. Wing F 291. OCLC: 84781729. In 1912 a copy bound by Clarke was sold by Anderson Auction Company, provenance Library of Robert Doe.
A scarce work, in a fine binding rebacked by Beaufoy, the important collector of Shakespeare. Very good condition. Item #24392