London: printed for Samuel Speed, 1668. Folio. [xvi], 708 (ie, 710) pp., plus leaf of advertisement for 2 books on sale by the printer Samuel Speed. FIRST EDITION. Engraved frontispiece with portrait of Charles I surrounded by smaller portraits of 18 loyal subjects, title in red and black, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. Contemporary calf, rebacked, spine label, speckled fore-edge; interior in good condition with only minor foxing and discoloration along margins. From the library of William Nisbet of Dirleton with his armorial bookplate. The first William Nisbet (c. 1666–1724) acquired Dirleton from a distant relative after bribing his widow in 1688, so he likely acquired the book after that year. He was an active member of the Country party and Scottish parliament. A second more modern bookplate of D.A.W. Russell is on the fly-leaf. Item #17609
First edition of one of Lloyd’s most famous works. The book included the “life and martyrdom of Charles I” as well as material from his other well-known text, The statesmen and favourites of England (1665). Memoires follows exactly the contemporary royalist narrative that viewed Charles I as an Anglican saint and martyr for the continued joining of church and state. However, many criticized Lloyd for inaccuracies and errors in his biographies. Despite this, his writings illuminate the opinions and ideas of many Anglican and royalist clergy in the years following the Restoration.
Lloyd (1635–1692) (pseud. Oliver Foulis) was a biographer and writer. He was fervent Royalist and his writings adhere strongly to his beliefs.