The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth. Among which are interspersed other solemnities, public expenditures, and remarkable events, during the reign of that illustrious princess. Volumes I & II. Hardcover. VG First Edition 1788. ARMORIAL BOOKPLATES.First edition of Nichols’ splendid history of the reign of Elizabeth I, a magnificent two-volume chronicle of England’s greatest queen, featuring 30 full-page engraved illustrations (three folding andfrontispiecein Vol. I), three folding genealogical charts, numerous in-text engravings and facsimile signatures and a large folding map of London circa 1558.CONDITION: These two magnificent volumes are in very good overall condition considering their age, 1779 pp + numerous illustrations, plates & fold-outs all checked & free from markings. Bindings are tight with no cracks. 3/4 leather with marbled brown cloth boards show some edgewear. Spines have gilt titles and decorations divided by raised bands with some flaking and edgewear at the hinges. Text and plates fresh and clean with only light scattered foxing, expert archival repair to verso of folding plate (I:113), small closed tears to a few text leaves. A highly desirable two-volume history in near-fine condition. Armorial bookplates of Ireland's Fitzpatrick of Grantstown Manor.Elizabeth I was “the last of the Tudors and the greatest of queens… The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn came into her inheritance on 17 November 1558, a day to be marked by celebrations even after the close of her long reign some 44 years later” (Fraser,Lives198-211). As Queen, she survived fierce religious turmoil, dangerous court intrigue and victory over the Spanish Armada. Elizabeth I cultivated a glittering culture highlighted by the plays of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson, and the brilliant architecture of Inigo Jones, oversaw the rise of the British empire in vast voyages of discovery, agonized over the execution of Mary Queen of Scots and that of her beloved Earl of Essex, and presided over one of England’s most splendid courts. In these two large volumes, richly illustrated with over 30 engravedplates, many in-text illustrations, genealogical plates and an impressive folding map of London, “the splendor and magnificence of Elizabeth’s reign is nowhere more strongly painted… nor could a more acceptable present be given to the world” (Percy’sReliquesIII:64). “No library… should be without these volumes, [which] afford a living picture of the manners of England, its pursuits and its amusements” (Allibone, 1425). Volume I with frontispiece, 15 plates (2 folding) and large folding map of London circa 1558. Volume II with 14 plates (1 folding), three folding genealogical charts, and numerous in-text engraved illustrations and facsimile signatures. Both volumes with separate title pages andhalf titles; ornamental engraved head- and tailpieces throughout. Sequential pagination as issued. Nichols later published a third volume of this work in 1805 and part of a fourth in 1821. Lowndes, 1685.Armorialbookplates of Ireland’s Fitzpatrick of Grantstown Manor.Author:Provenance:Nichols, John, 1745-1826.Printed by and for the Editor, printer to the Society of Antiquaries of London.John Nicholswas an Englishprinter, author andantiquary.He is remembered as an influential editor of theGentleman's Magazinefor nearly 40 years; author of a monumentalcounty historyofLeicestershire; author of two compendia of biographical material relating to his literary contemporaries; and as one of the agents behind the first complete publication ofDomesday Bookin 1783.Armorial crest pastedown inside front of both volumes - "FitzPatrick, Grantstown Manor, Queens County".JohnFitzpatrick succeeded to the Irish estates of the Earl of Upper Ossory. He was sworn of the Privy Council in Ireland in 1848." His grandson Baron Bernard FitzPatrick, who served in the House of Parliament, died in 1937.The FitzPatrick family owned Grantstown Manor/Castle andremained untilmuch of this late Georgian and Victorian house was destroyed by fire in 1977. It was the home of Barney Fitzpatrick, second and last Lord Castletown, who remodelled it. Lord Castletown was a passionate sportsman and entertained Edward VII to duck shooting here. The manor was finally sold out of the Fitzpatrick family in 1947. Last recorded sale of these volumes was from Bauman's Rare Books priced at $4,200.00.Title:"The progresses and public processions of Queen Elizabeth. Among which are interspersed other solemnities, public expenditures, and remarkable events during the reign of that illustrious princess. Collected from original manuscripts, scarce pamphlets, corporation records, parochial registers, etc., etc., illustrated, with historical notes, by John Nichols."