London: 1933. First edition. Finely bound in full crushed black morocco with red morocco inlays and ornate gilt stamping of rosettes and vines to boards. Spine with five raised bands and featuring interlocking Cs, inlaid red morocco, a crown, a rosette, and a thistle in honor of the House of Stuart. Front board stamped in gilt with the arms of Charles I. Bright gilt to spine and turn-ins. Yellow silk moire endpapers. Yellow morocco doublures stamped in gilt with thistles and rosettes and inlaid with red morocco; finely painted portrait of Charles I inset under glass and framed with sapphires and pearls on the front doublure. A beautiful copy in the Cosway style, stamped with the initials of Ohio collector B. C. Hoffman on the front turn-in and by Sangorski & Sutcliffe on the rear turn-in. Gentle rubbing and small splits to the joints near the head and foot of spine. Faint offsetting to front endpaper.
The second son of King James of England & Scotland and Queen Anna of Denmark, Charles I was not the heir the court had planned upon; but on the untimely death of his elder brother, Charles ascended, radically changing the English monarchy forever. A firm proponent of the Divine Right of Kings, a lover of theatre and masque performance, and the husband of a Catholic princess from the de Medici line, Charles' controversial decisions in his brief reign led to his public trial and beheading, initiating the nation's brief move from monarchy to Commonwealth. In the present work, prolific Anglo-French historian Hilaire Belloc provides a fascinating and in-depth biography of this influential monarch, taking into account his formative years, and how his interactions with Court and Parliament shaped the political states of England and Scotland. An exceptionally beautiful book. Near Fine (Item #3110)