Welwood, James, Memoirs of the Most Material Transactions in England, for the Last Hundred Years, Preceding the Revolution in 1688. London, printed for Tim Godwin, 1700. Extra-illustrated with 52 engraved portraits, laid in to size. Signed by Earl Pembroke numerous times. Tall octavo (20 cm x 12 cm x 4 cm), 405 pages, 51 engraved portraits and illustrations with a frontispiece of King William III. Collation: A8, B-U8, X-Z8, Aa-Cc8, Dd4, (Dd3 verso and Dd4 verso advertisements). Front cover probably original panelled calf, back cover replaced with gold-ruled brown calf. Rebacked in darker brown calf, with a recent gilt label.
Illustrations of: William III; Elizabeth I; Edward VI; Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex; Charles Howard; William Cecil; Henri IV; Mary, Queen of Scots; Tomb of Elizabeth I; James I of England; Henry, Prince of Wales; Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia; Sir Walter Raleigh; King Frederick of Bohemia; Archb. Canterbury, George Abbot; Thomas Stafford; John Pym; William Laud (Hollar, P. 1454); Robert Bartu; Robert Devereux; Marquis of Montross; Charles I (Hollar, P.1433); Queen Henrietta Maria (Hollar, P.462); George Villiers; Robert Car; Oliver Cromwell; Edward Montague (Hollar, P. 1309); Thomas Fairfax (Hollar, P.1402); Cardinal Marazin; Samuel Morland (Hollar, 1531); Mareschal Turenne; Lewis de Harro; Louis XIV (Fred. Bouttats the Elder); George Monck; Charles II; Edward Hide; Prince George of Denmark; Col. Algernon Sidney; Charles II; Queen Christina of Sweden; Pope Innocent XI; James, Duke of Monmouth; Roger, Earl of Castlemaine; Henry, Bishop of London (Frederick van den Hove); the Seven Bishops Sent to the Tower (double); Prince William Henry of Orange; François Henri, Duc de Montmorency; Robert Cecil.
Dr. James Welwood enjoyed reputions both as a physician and as an historian. Of these Memoires, the author of the entry in Biblioteca Britannica notes it is “an excellent work, betraying, however, much party spirit.” Extra-illustrated for Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (1656 – 1733), this copy remained in the Pembroke library until its public sale by Sotheby’s on March 15 – 17, 1920. This copy appears as Lot 201. The first public sale of the Pembroke library was on June 23, 1914. Since the sale in 1920, this copy travelled first to Scotland, then to the United States, where it was in a private collection. Biblioteca Britannica, Vol. II, Authors; Wing, STC, Second edition, W1307; Pennington, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Etchings of Wencelaus Hollar.