London: Imprinted at London by Moses Bell for George Thomason, 1647. First edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (11 x 7 3/4"). , 119, , 128, 115, pp. Later full calf, with gold lettering and ruling to spine. Raised bands. Title page in red and black lettering. Engraved vignette. Decorative headpieces, initials, and tailpiece.
Commissioned by the House of Commons to compose a history of the Parliament, Thomas May's "The History of the Parliament of England" is a shining example of rhetorical humanist historiography, complete with abundant classical citations (especially from Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, better known as Lucan).
In this work divided into three books, May presents recent English history as the wrecking of a peaceful and prosperous Elizabethan society by the greed and stupidity of the Stuarts.
Binding rubbed along edges, and repaired at upper joints. Closed tear at upper front joint. Offsetting along edges of endpapers. Modern watermarked front free endpaper. Blank side of first leaf repaired with binder's tape. Minor and sporadic clear water-staining along lower fore-edge of pages (not affecting lettering). Pages slightly age-toned along margin. Binding in overall fair, interior in good to very good condition. f to vg. Item #42644