Knyvett, Thomas & Schofield, Bertram (editor).
The Knyvett Letters (1620-1644).
Publisher: Constable & Company Ltd., London;
Date of Publication: 1949
Stock Code: 9439
FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. 182. 4 plates as called for including frontispiece portrait of Thomas Knyvett. Publishers’ dark green cloth with gilt titles to spine in price-clipped printed cream dust-jacket. Upper board lightly damp-spotted; spine tips and edge of lower board a little bruised and upper corner bumped. Scattered light foxing, mainly to endpapers and prelims. No annotation or inscriptions. Jacket lightly toned and foxed with nicks & creases to edge and small loss at spine tips. A Very Good copy overall in like jacket.
Letters of Thomas Knyvett of Ashwellthorpe in Norfolk, acquired by the British Museum and printed here for the first time. Knyvett was a squire who inherited his estate in 1618; two years later he married Katherine Burgh of Gainsborough, and the letters are all from Thomas to his wife, revealing family ties, legal issues, meetings with eminent contemporaries and domestic life, which abruptly ended with the outbreak of hostilities in the English Civil War. An important insight into the situation in the provinces and the capital during the reign of Charles I. Scarce.
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