AIRY’S CHARLES II, PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED
AIRY, Osmund. Charles II. London: Goupil, 1901. Large quarto, contemporary full green morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, uncut. $2000.
Limited edition, number 1159 of 1250 copies, with hand-colored frontispiece portrait and over 40 portraits (many steel-engraved), in a handsome full morocco binding by Palmer Howe.
The life of "The Merry Monarch," covering his exile in Europe during Cromwell's Commonwealth, his restoration in 1660, and his rule after that until his death in 1685. The plates depict various images of Charles II, the fire of London, Nell Gwyn and the Duke of Monmouth, among others.
Spine a bit toned. Fine condition.