EIKON BASILIKE. THE POURTRAICTURE OF HIS SACRED MAJESTIE IN HIS SOLITUDES AND SUFFERINGS
by King Charles I of England; Marshall, William [frontispiece]; Gauden, John [attributed]
London [presumed]: Reprinted in R.M., 1648/1649. Early Issue. Hardcover. Octavo, 268 pages, 1-10, 149-324 pages; VG-; bound in full brown leather, plain spine; marbled endpapers;mild wear and rubbing to boards; lacking frontispiece, a photocopy is bound in; Contains: Eikon Basilike (268 pages), Praiers used by his Majestie in the time of his Sufferings (10 pages), His Majesties Papers/Severall things relating to his Majesties death (149-324 pages) A-R8, S1, S2-7, S1-Z8, Aa-Ee8; page Ee8 slightly tattered; scratch to rear edge of top part of text block; [London] : Reprinted [by William Dugard] in R.M., Anno Dom. 1648 [i.e. 1649]; Place of publication suggested by Wing.; Wickenheiser page 95, 680/81; JG consignment; shelved case 0. Authorship of the Eikon Basilike was originally attributed to Charles I, but according to Madan (pp. 125-33) it was written by John Gauden who probably included some authentic writings of the king.; The text was suppressed by Parliament, so it was illegal for printers to print it and for booksellers to sell it. Most editions therefore give very little information about their production on the title page, where one would usually expect to see the place of printing, the printer's (and occasionally publisher's) name and address. Given the secrecy with which copies of the text had to be produced, establishing the order in which the various editions appeared and by whom they were printed is not an easy task. Consequently the identification of printers with particular anonymous editions has often been achieved by comparing their decorative initials and type with those of known printers of the day.; From 1155 to 1752, the civil or legal year in England began on 25 March (Lady Day), so the execution of Charles I was recorded at the time in Parliament as happening on 30 January 1648 (Old Style). In modern English language texts this date is usually shown as "30 January 1649" (New Style). The corresponding date in the Gregorian calendar is 9 February 1649, the date by which his contemporaries in some parts of continental Europe would have recorded his execution. As such, the title page of this edition showing 1648 means that this is an early issue, published within the first two months.;. Dupont.
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