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The History of the Coronation of James II

Sandford, Francis

ISBN 10: 1891788205 / ISBN 13: 9781891788208
Published by Octavo, 1999
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Title: The History of the Coronation of James II

Publisher: Octavo

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: CD-ROM

Book Condition:Very Good

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James II enjoyed one of the most sumptuous coronations and one of the shortest reigns in the history of English monarchy. Newsbooks and diaries recorded the event; panegyrics, songs, and broadsides publicized it; and Francis Sandford’s festival book described and illustrated its ceremonies and sites––from the intricate descriptions of habit, ornament, and regalia through the numbingly detailed catalogues of meats and confections drawn up for the coronation feast, to the procession, installation, and magnificent closing fireworks. The coronation was designed to make the king as welcome to the heart as to the eye; nothing was spared in Sandford’s book, no ornament or expense, that "could do to the making of the Spectacle, Dazling and Stupendous." The chief instrument of Sandford’s spectacle was the suite of plates that recorded the events of April 23, 1685.

Festival books had long been popular on the Continent, but nothing so elaborate as this volume had ever been produced for the installation of an English monarch. Adorned with twenty-seven plates and three large images of crowns and scepters, Sandford’s History of the Coronation was a major publishing endeavor. Indeed, it was nearly two years in the making; the book finally appeared just in time for the Glorious Revolution. Sandford and his collaborator, Gregory King, were barely able to recoup the costs of its production. The market for the book abruptly disappeared after November 1688, and although Sandford and King were experienced hands in such enterprises, the expense and timing of The History of the Coronation nearly bankrupted Sandford, who died in debtor’s prison in 1694.

Commentary by Steven N. Zwicker.

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