First Edition of this First Iteration of Cavendish's Life of Wolsey

    [George Cavendish]. The Negotiations of Thomas Woolsey, The Great Cardinall of England, Containing His Life and Death, viz, 1. The Origins of his promotion. 2. The Continuance in his Magnificence. 3. His Fall, Death, and Buriall. London: William Sheeres, 1641.

    First edition. Twelvemo. [12], 118 pages. Woodcut of Woolsey used as frontispiece.

    Brown calf with a single gilt rule on the front and back board and lettering and rules in gilt in six compartments between five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Shelf wear to the boards at the edges and spine ends with slightly cracked joints. Front hinge cracked. Contents slightly toned, otherwise sound. A very good copy.

    Manuscripts by George Cavendish on Wolsey's life were allegedly written in 1557, but remained unpublished. Although Cavendish's manuscripts would later comprise one of the greatest biographies in English, The Life of Wolsey (1810), the manuscripts circulated for eighty years before first being published in this present form.

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