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THE CULT OF ELIZABETH

CAMDEN, William. Annales rerum anglicarum, et hibernicarum, regnante elizabetha ad annum saltus M.D.LXXXIX.

Londini [i.e. London]. Typis Guilielmi Stansbii, Impensis Simonis Watersoni, 1615. First edition.
Folio. [8], 499pp, [21]. Without two initial blank leaves and terminal errata leaf. Leaf A2 misprinted A3. Leaf B1 a cancel, as issued. Contemporary calf, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, gilt. Extremities worn, some loss to head and foot of spine, splitting to joints, upper board working loose, chipping to lettering-piece. Ownership inscriptions of 'C. L. Eastwick, 1924' to FEP and head of title-page, very occasional browning/spotting.
William Camden (1551-1623), historian and herald. His history of the life and reign of Elizabeth is the closest to an authorized biography that we have: Camden was educated in Elizabethan institutions, lived under her reforming rule, and was provided access to official documents from the Royal archive, as well as his frequently used source of Robert Cotton's library. Composed in the years in which Camden was Clarenceaux Herald of Arms, it was composed thus by a servant to the new Stuart King James I, the son of Mary Queen of Scots and thus also personally interested in the work. Published in two parts, as and when the different books of the history, appearing chronologically, were completed, the first Latin editions appeared in 1615 and 1625. The first English editions did not appear until 1625 and 1629 respectively. Although the work did not appear in this complete form until after Camden's death, it remained a monument to his historical abilities, and only furthered the emergent seventeenth-century patriotic cult of Elizabethan rule, glorifying her domestic rule, protestant religion, and success in the international arenas of both peace and war, including notably the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
ESTC S107145, STC 4496.
£ 450.00 Antiquates Ref: 14586