London. Printed for Tim. Goodwin, at the Queen's Head against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-Street. M.DC.XC.IX (1699). 8vo, 19.3cm, (in8's), The First Edition. ,213,p., engraved frontis portrait, in full comtemporary sprinkled calf, real raised bands, gilt rules and centre decorations in the panels, crimson morocco label, blind ruled panels on the boards, expertly restored including paper fault on the black front free fly, gilt coat of arms in the top spine panel of the Anglo-Irish politician and composer Garrett Wesley, lst Earl of Mornington (1735-1781); in all a fine clean attractive copy (). Item #41450
~ "Denzil Holles was a parliamentarian who was most vociferous when addressing the foreign policies of the British government. Although he had been a childhood friend of King Charles 1, they were constantly at odds after the king took the throne. Holles' arrest and imprisonment in the Tower by the king, along with five other members of the House of Commons, was the result of a tumultuous disruption in the House, perpetrated by Holles. He was elected once again when parliament resumed after it was shut down for eleven years on Charles' orders. During the Civil War of 1642-1649, Holles led a regiment of Puritans to stand up for the principles of parliament. His understanding of both sides of the conflict between the king and parliament had him advocating for a peaceful settlement. He was a leader in bringing about the Restoration of the crown, and became a member of the Upper House in 1661. These Memoirs were written during the winter of 1647-1648. "The book is in part a vindication of his own conduct, especially during 1647, but mainly an attack on Cromwell, the army and the independents". - DNB. Garrett Wesley was created Viscount Wellesley and Earl of Mornington of Dangan Castle in County Meath, (in ruins, near Trim), Ireland. He was best known as a musician, and as the father of the 1st Duke of Wellington. He was also a direct ancestor of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The library of the 1st Earl was sold with that of his eldest son, at auction in London on 17 January 1843- UofT.