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Geoffrey Trease PORTRAIT OF A CAVALIER First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback, William Cavendish, First Duke of Newcastle, published by Macmillan in 1979. Signed and inscribed by Trease on the title page
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First edition, first print hardback of PORTRAIT OF A CAVALIER: William Cavendish, First Duke of Newcastle, by Geoffrey Trease, and published by Macmillan London Limited, in 1979. Signed and inscribed by Trease on the title page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine) with only light wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (slight creasing and rubbing to the edges and corners). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Geoffrey Trease (1909 - 1998) full name Robert Geoffrey Trease, was a prolific writer, publishing 113 books between 1934 (Bows Against the Barons) and 1997 (Cloak for a Spy). His work has been translated into 20 languages. His grandfather was a historian. He was one of the main influences towards Trease's work.

He started to fulfil his ambition to be a writer with the publication of the children’s book, Bows Against the Barons, in 1934. This was the first of his many historical novels and heralded an approach to writing for young people that was quite radical.

Trease also wrote modern school stories, e.g., the five Black Banner novels set in the Lake District: (the first was No Boats on Bannermere), adult novels, history, plays for radio and television, and biographies. Trease authored a guide aimed at teaching creative writing to young adults, The Young Writer: A Practical Handbook.

He wrote three books of autobiography: A Whiff of Burnt Boats (1971), Laughter at the Door (1974), and in the last year of his life, the final part, Farewell the Hills. This was written for his family and friends, and published privately after his death.

His books for adults include; The Unsleeping Sword (Martin Lawrence) (1934), Walking in England (Fenland Press) (1935), North Sea Spy (Fore) (1939), Clem Voroshilov: The Red Marshall (Pilot Press) (1940), Army without Banners (Fore) (1945), The Italian Story: From the Earliest Times to 1946 (Macmillan) (1963), The Condottieri: Soldiers of Fortune (Thames and Hudson) (1971), Samuel Pepys and his World (Thames and Hudson) (1972), London: A Concise History (Thames and Hudson) (1975) and Portrait of a Cavalier.

"It is surprising that a man of William Cavendish, First Duke of Newcastle's human appeal and versatility has waited until now for a full-scale biography, Prominent though he was in the Civil War, his military reputation has been buried under Clarendon's oft-quoted, dismissive judgement blindly accepted by subsequent historians. A re-assessment, based on contemporary evidence, is long over-due.

But those northern campaigns, ending so tragically on Marston Moor, are only part of a colourful life story running from Elizabethan days to beyond the Restoration. Grandson of the legendary Bess of Hardwick, Newcastle expressed his own passion for building at Welbeck, Bolsover and Nottingham, while his other enthisiasms included music, literature, art, science, horses and, it is now evident, women.

A courtier under James I, he earned the friendship of Charles I and his queen, who entrusted him with the future Charles II's education. He was intimate with the philosophers Hobbes and Descartes, painters such Van Dyck, and numerous writers from Jonson to Dryden.

Poet and playwright himself, man of action, reputedly the foremost horseman in Europe and author of a major book of the subject, he presents a character of fascinating diversity.

In building up his absorbing and outstandingly readable portrait Mr Trease has investigated a mass of little-known material, some of which, letters and poems from the family papers, is published here for the first time."

223 pages. Illustrated with black & white plates and drawing on endpapers.

ISBN: 0 333 22760 3

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    2644
  • Weight:
    0.51kg
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