Charles the Second
London, Arthur L. Humphreys, 1902, appears first with (a) in margin of first page of text and 1902 in gilt at cvr tail, 8vo, 329 pages, 1902. British history, life of Charles the Second, hardbound in full dark blue Morocco leather, extra guilt by Morrell Binder, London, with raised bands, cloud marbled paper. Light staining on first few pages, not affecting text. Otherwise a clean copy in a beautiful binding with a book plate of Nate B. Spingold.
Nathan Spingold (1886-1958) was a motion picture executive and a leading administrator in the game of contract bridge. Born in Chicago, Spingold started as a newspaper reporter but moved to New York in the early thirties where his career in the motion picture business with Columbia Pictures saw him rise to the Board of Directors in 1940 and vice president of the company in 1954. He and his wife, Frances, were patrons of the arts and had a significant art collection.
“An excellent first edition of John Jesses history of Charles the Second. Charles both lost and regained his throne. After being defeated by Oliver Cromwell in the English civil war, he was forced to flee to the continent. Famously, he hid in an oak tree, henceforth known as the Royal Oak, in order to escape the pursuing parliamentarian soldiers. He remained in exile for nine years, before being restored to the throne after Cromwells death. This copy is from the library of Voltelin Heath, and has his bookplate to the front pastedown. Heath was born in 1886 in Stoke on Trent. He died in the First World War, and is buried at the Baron Communal Cemetery in Oise, France. The binding is signed; the stamp can be found to the front pastedown and reads 'Hatchards. . . Piccadilly.”