Five Seventeenth-Century Pamphlets Relating to the Trial and Death of Charles I, King of England
[Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649]. A letter sent
to His Majestie, From the Lords Justices, and Councell in Ireland,
April 23. 1642. Concerning His Majesties Resolution to go into
Ireland. London: 1642. [Together with:] Charles
I, King of England. His Majesties finall Answer
concerning Episcopacie. Delivered in to the Commissioners of
Parliament the first of Novemb. 1648. London: 1648.
[And:] John Cook. King Charls his case: or, An appeal
To all Rational Men, Concerning His Tryal at the High Court of
Justice. Being for the most part that which was
intended to have been delivered at the Bar, if the King had Pleaded
to the Charge, and put himself upon a fair Tryal. With an
additional Opinion concerning the Death of King James, The loss of
Rochel, and, The Blood of Ireland. By John Cook of Grays-Inn,
barrester. London: 1649. [And:] [Robert Ferguson].
An Enquiry into, and Detection of the Barbarous Murther of
the Late Earl of Essex. Or a Vindication of that Noble Person from
the Guilt and Infamy of having destroy'd Himself.
[N.p.]: 1684. [And:] Richard Hollingworth. A
Defence of King Charles I, occasion'd by the lyes and scandals of
Many Bad Men of this Age. London: 1692.
Together five small quarto volumes. Uniformly bound in modern antique-style quarter red or reddish brown morocco over marbled boards; smooth spines lettered in gilt; edges of some volumes sprinkled red. Some corners very lightly rubbed.
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[Charles I, King of England, ]. A letter sent to His Majestie, From the Lords Justice, and Councell in Ireland, April 23. 1642. Concerning His Majesties Resolution to go into Ireland. London: Printed by Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings most excellent Majestie: And by the Assignes of John Bill, 1642.
Small quarto (6.75 x 5 inches; 171 x 127 mm). [2, title], 5, [1, blank] pages. Collation: A4. Title with typographic border and with type ornament device, type ornament head-piece and decorative woodcut initial on page 1. A very clean and fresh copy, possibly washed. ESTC R19734. Wing L1619.
Charles I, King of England. His Majesties finall Answer concerning Episcopacie. Delivered in to the Commissioners of Parliament the first of Novemb. 1648. London: Printed for Richard Best, dwelling at Grayes-Inne gate, 1648.
Small quarto (7.0625 x 5.5 inches; 180 x 141 mm.). [1, blank], [1, woodcut arms], [1, title], [1, blank], 29 [i.e. 27], [1, blank] pages. Pages 13-14 omitted in numbering. Numerous errors in pagination. Title within typographic border and with woodcut vignette, large woodcut royal coat-of-arms on verso of first leaf; typographic head-piece and decorative woodcut initial on page .
A reply to: Westminster Assembly. The humble answer of the Divines attending the Honorable Commissioners of Parliament, at the treaty at Newport in the Isle of Wight. To the second paper delivered to them by his Majesty, Octob. 6. 1648. about episcopall government (Wing M757). Wing (2nd ed.) C2307.
John Cook. King Charls his case: or, An appeal To all Rational Men, Concerning His Tryal at the High Court of Justice. Being for the most part that which was intended to have been delivered at the Bar, if the King had Pleaded to the Charge, and put himself upon a fair Tryal. With an additional Opinion concerning the Death of King James, The loss of Rochel, and, The Blood of Ireland. By John Cook of Grays-Inn, barrester.
London: Printed by Peter Cole, at the sign of the Printing-Press in Cornhil, near the Royal Exchange, for Giles Calvert, at the Black Spread-Eagle at the west-end of Pauls, 1649.
Small quarto (7.0625 x 5.1875 inches; 179 x 132 mm.). 43, [1, blank] pages. Collation: A-E4 F2. Title within double-rule border. Typographic head-piece and decorative woodcut initial on A2 recto ("To the Reader) and typographic head-piece and historiated woodcut initial on A3r (page 5). Title on stub, slightly shorter, possibly reinserted, very browned with a few stained. Some dampstaining. Short tear to outer edge of F1 (pages 41/42). Expert repair to A3 and A4 (pages 5/6 and 7/8). Tiny hole in D2 (pages 27/28), just touching one letter on each recto and verso. Some leaves possibly in expert facsimile. Edges stained red.
One of at least two editions under this Wing number. In one edition, C3r last line has "Powers." In the other, line 3 of caption title on A3r ends "Plea-" in place of "Pleasure," and C3r last line has "powers" in place of "Powers."Most of quires A-B and C1 are in the same setting as the other 1649 edition. Annotation on Thomason copy: "Feb. 9 1648."
"Being for the most part that which was intended to have been delivered at the bar, if the King had pleaded to the charge, and put himself upon a fair tryal. With an additional opinion concerning the death of King James, the lots of Rochel, and, the blood of Ireland." Wing 6025.
[Robert Ferguson]. An Enquiry into, and Detection of the Barbarous Murther of the Late Earl of Essex. Or a Vindication of that Noble Person from the Guilt and Infamy of having destroy'd Himself. [N.p.]: 1684.
Small quarto (7.375 x 5.625 inches; 188 x 142 mm.). Collation: [dagger]2 A-I4 K2. Closely trimmed at the outer edge in gatherings C, H and I, affecting several lines of text on C1, C2, and C3 (pages 17-22), H2, H3, and H4 (pages 59-64), and I3 and I4 (pages 69-72). Short tear to outer margin of K2 (pages 75/76), entering text and affecting a few letters, but with no loss. Small rust spot on B2 (pages 11/12), just affecting one letter on recto and one letter on verso. The authorship has also been attributed to Hugh Speke and Laurence Braddon. Cf. BLC and DNB. Goldsmiths-Kress no. 02568.
"When Arthur Capell, 1st Earl of Essex died in the Tower in 1683, Braddon adopted the belief that he had been murdered, and worked actively to collect sufficient evidence to prove the murder. He set on foot inquiries on the subject in London, and when a rumour reached him that the news of the earl's death was known at Marlborough on the very day of, if not before, the occurrence, he posted off thither. When his action became known at court, he was arrested and put under restraint. For a time he was let out on bail, but on 7 February 1683/4 he was tried with Mr. Hugh Speke at the king's bench on the accusation of conspiring to spread the belief that the Earl of Essex was murdered by some persons about him, and of endeavouring to suborn witnesses to testify the same. Braddon was found guilty on all the counts, but Speke was acquitted of the latter charge. The one was fined 1,000 pounds and the other 2,000 pounds, with sureties for good behaviour during their lives. Braddon remained in prison for five years until the landing of William III, when he was liberated" (Wikipedia).
Richard Hollingworth. A Defence of King Charles I, occasion'd by the lyes and scandals of Many Bad Men of this Age. London: Printed for Samuel Eddowes, under the Piazza of the Royal Exchange in Cornhill 1692.
Small quarto (7.8125 x 5.9375 inches; 199 x 151 mm.). , 40 pages. "The Epistle Dedicatory" signed: Richard Hollingworth. On very thin paper, possibly washed. Tiny tear to outer margin of D2 (pages 19/20); Diagonal crease before printing to lower portion of D3 (pages 21/22), just affecting a few letters, but with no loss. Small piece torn from upper margin and paper flaw in lower blank margin of E2 (pages 27/28); small hole outer blank margin of F1 (pages 33/34). Ink inscription in upper right corner of title-page: "R. Ge." Early ink insertion on page 4: "1640." In this edition there is no imprimatur statement and the text ends on page forty with "FINIS." Wing does not distinguish between the two editions of this work. Pages 37-40 are on the controversy surrounding the authorship of 'Eikon basilike'; Madan, in his 'New bibliography of the Eikon basilike', attributes it to John Gauden, although it probably includes some authentic writings of the King.
"When the controversy upon the authorship of the 'Eikon Basilike' [in Greek] occasioned by Anthony Walker's assertion that the book was not written by Charles I but by John Gauden, broke out in 1691, Hollingworth loudly proclaimed his intention of defending the king's claim and character with his last breath. Accordingly he made a savage attack upon Walker in 'A Defence of King Charles I...' 4to, London, 1692, of thich two other editions, with slightly different title-pages, appeared during the same year. Walker, who was dying, answered Hollingworth in 'A True Account of the Author of a Book entituled Eikon Basilike [in Greek],' but by May 1692 the latter was ready with another attack called 'Dr. Hollingworth's Defence of King Charles the First's Holy and Divine Book...' 4to, London, 1692. In his first pamphlet he took also to task a republican pamphleteer who, under the name of General Ludlow, had compared the tyranny of Charles I with that of James II in 'A Letter...to Sir e[deard] S[eymour]...' 4to, Amsterdam, 1691" (DNB).
Madan, A New Bibliography of the Eikon Basilike, 165. ESTC R13622. Wing H2502.
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