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CHARLES I (1600-1649) -- The True Effigies of Our Most Soveraigne Lord, King Charles Queene Mary, with the rest of the Royall Progenie. London: John Sweeting, 1641 [i.e. 1642].
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CHARLES I (1600-1649) -- The True Effigies of Our Most Soveraigne Lord, King Charles Queene Mary, with the rest of the Royall Progenie. London: John Sweeting, 1641 [i.e. 1642].

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CHARLES I (1600-1649) -- The True Effigies of Our Most Soveraigne Lord, King Charles Queene Mary, with the rest of the Royall Progenie. London: John Sweeting, 1641 [i.e. 1642].

8º (182 x 133mm). Typographical title border. In verse. 8 full-page etched portraits, 2 signed by W. Hollar, one by R. Vaughan, the portrait of Prince James, Duke of York playing tennis ascribed to Merian. (Portrait of Mary, Princess of Orange cropped at bottom margin affecting legend.) Extra illustrated with 39 etched and engraved portraits on 36 mounted leaves by Hollar, C. van de Passe, Hartges and Savery after van Dyck, Huyssens and Hollar after van Dyck, T. van Merlen, G. Faithorne, P. de Jode and others. Early 19th-century red morocco ornately tooled in gilt, gilt edges (a little rubbed). Provenance: Sir Henry Hope Edwardes, 10th Baronet (1829-1900; bookplate, his bibliographical note on front endpapers, other occasional notes and attributions).

FINELY BOUND, EXTRA ILLUSTRATED COPY OF THIS ICONOGRAPHY of Charles I, Henrietta Maria and their children, published in the opening year of the Civil War. The extra illustrations not only include multiple effigies of Charles I and his queen (3 identified as being by Hollar), but two impressive equestrian portraits of Charles II by van Merlen, portraits of James I, Anne of Denmark, and James II, and van de Passe's 'scarce' portrait of Princess Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I, and grand-daughter of Mary Queen of Scots; the Hanoverian dynasty became her direct descendants. A preliminary note records what 4 other copies of The True Effigies had made at auction, the most expensive being 'W. Nassau's copy ... £30-10-0 lot 1309 sold in 1820,' followed by 'Sir M. Sykes in 1824 lot 1008 £25-4-0'. MOST RARE. ESTC lists only 5 institutional copies, two in Britain and three in North America. Wing T-2690.


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