London: Printed by M.[ary] S.[immons] for Tho. Jenner, 1656. 4to. [ii], 61,  pp. SECOND EDITION. Title within rulded border. With 14 text engravings. Calf-backed decorative paper boards, title and date in gilt on spine; interior toned with some foxing. Bookplate of Mr. T[homas] E. Watson, late 19th century and very small blindstamp of Charles Ludovick Lindsay (1862–1925), a print collector, on the title page. Item #17473
Very rare second edition of this illustrated history of the Civil War. The text is described (on the title) as a “breviary, leading all along successively, as they fell out in their severall years.” What follows is a chronological account of the events from the establishment of the Long Parliament through the English Civil War and concluding in 1656. Throughout the book, engravings illustrate many of the major events. There is evidence that some of the engravings were used in Vicars’s and Thomas Jenner’s All the memorable and wonder-strikinge Parlamentary mercies (1642), and attributes them to Wenceslaus Hollar, a prolific Bohemian artist living in England.
This work was first published in 1652 under the title A brief review of the most material parliamentary proceedings. Vicars (1579/80–1652), a Presbyterian historian and poet, is often attributed as the author, but Thomas Jenner (1637-1707), a Royalist, English barrister and justice, most likely became responsible for the text after the former’s death.