Wale. “Henry VI. He was Born at Windsor Dec 6, 1421. Ascended the Throne Aug 31, 1422, & Murdered in the Tower of London, June 20, 1474.” From Barnard’s New Complete and Authentic History of England. London: Edward Barnard, 1781-83. Engraving. On sheet 14 1/2 x 9. Very good condition.
From a series of historical prints from Edward Barnard’s History of England. This delightful history was described on one of the prints as “A Work Universally Acknowledged to be the Best Performance of the Kind,-on account of It’s Impartiality, Accuracy, New Improvements, Superior Elegance, &c.” It was issued at the end of the eighteenth century in response to the growing demand for works on all subjects by a newly educated reading public in England.