Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co., 1826. Item #03149
The Escape of Charles ll
SCOTT, Sir Walter. Woodstock; or, The Cavalier: A Tale of the Year Sixteen Hundred and Fifty-One. Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co., 1826.
First edition. Three small octavo volumes. iii-xvi, 315, (i, blank); iii-iv, 332; iii-iv, 370 pp. Contemporary full brown speckled calf, spines decoratively ruled in gilt, maroon and green leather lettering labels, neatly rebacked, lower joint of volume three a little cracked. Bound without the half-titles, a few scattered stains but overall a very good set.
"The busy period of the great Civil War was one in which the character and genius of different parties were most brilliantly displayed, and, accordingly, the incidents which took place on either side were of a striking and extraordinary character, and afforded ample foundation for fictitious composition." (Introduction)
Woodstock, or The Cavalier: A Tale of the Year Sixteen Hundred and Fifty-one is a historical novel by Walter Scott.
Set just after the English Civil War, it was inspired by the legend of the Good Devil of Woodstock, which in 1649 supposedly tormented parliamentary commissioners who had taken possession of a royal residence at Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The story deals with the escape of Charles II in 1652, during the Commonwealth, and his final triumphant entry into London on 29 May 1660.
Todd & Bowden, 190A.