Three early and important biographical accounts of British kings, two of which are first editions, all bound together. Comprised of the following:
A Short View of the Long Life and Raigne of Henry the Third, King of England. Presented to King James, Sir Robert B. Cotton. One of three issues published in 1627, each without a printer’s name. pp. 49, (1). Complete. First edition of this biographical account of King Henry III of England, authored by Sir Robert Cotton (1571- 1631), a bibliophile, collector, Member of Parliament, and founder of the Cotton Library.
The First Part of the Life and Raigne of King Henrie IIII, John Hayward. London: John Wolfe [M. Stanley], 1599. One of 5 issues with the scarce imprint and date, this issue actually printed by M. Stanley in 1638 and identified by the title page decoration. Title page with woodcut square of fleurons, woodcut head and tail pieces and decorative initials; pp. (vii), 149 (1 imprint).
The Life, and Raigne of King Edward the Sixth, John Hayward. First Edition. London: Printed for John Partridge, 1630. Engraved architectural title page featuring Edward VI, engraved portrait of John Hayward on the verso of the second leaf of ‘To the Reader,’ woodcut printer’s device to verso of last page; pp. 2 blanks, (vi), 179, (1). The first known biography of King Edward VI.
Bound in half calf over thick papered boards, raised bands to spine with gilt ruling and title. Covers show some wear, rubbing and staining, small spot of loss to leather on rear cover. Internally, bibliographical writing to front pastedown, pen mark to first blank, instances of dampstaining throughout, light toning and foxing.