1680 · London
London, 1680. The Popish plot was as fabricated conspiracy theory that there was a plot to murder Charles II so that his Catholic brother James could inherit the throne. The issue was the focus of a frenzy of pamphleteering and popular anxiety, as the above shows, and multiple attempts to enact laws to prevent a Catholic from becoming monarch, which failed. Major players included Thomas Dangerfield, a career criminal who claimed he had been asked to assassinate the King by Lady Powess; Elizabeth Cellier, a prominent Catholic midwife who advocated for imprisoned Catholics and was accused of conspiracy by Dangerfield after she withheld charity from him; Roger Earl of Castlemaine, a Catholic who was accused of high treason but won acquittal after serving as his own advocate in court; a number of other accusers who jumped the bandwagon for fame and fortune, and so on. A collection of folio pamphlets concerning the Popish plot and exclusion crisis, as follows: Popish Damnable Plot against our religion and liberties fairly laid open and discovered in the Breviats of threescore and four letters and papers of intelligence past. London: printed for R. Janeway, 1680, pp. , 31, , lacking the blank preliminary; text sometimes attributed to Ezerel Tonge. Wing T-1819A; ESTC R28265 A faithful and impartial account of the behavior of a party of the Essex Free-Holders, at their late election of parliament-men (at Chelmsford) for that county. Occasioned by a most false and scandalous pamphlet, intitled the Essex excellency. In a letter to a friend. London: printed for W. K., 1679, pp. 8; A reply to: Eye-witness of their most noble courage for the example of their neighbouring counties. Essex's excellency. Wing F-266; ESTC R9278 An impartial account of divers remarkable proceedings the last sessions of Parliament relating to the horrid Popish Plot, &c. vis the manner of choosing their speaker... London, 1679, pp. , 26; quire D mispaginated 3-6. Wing I-62, ESTC R11299. [Hunt, Thomas.] The honours of the lords spiritual asserted: and their priviledges to vote in capital cases in Parliament maintained by reason and precedents. Collected out of the records of the tower and the journals of the House of Lords. London: printed by Tho. Braddyll and are to be sold by Robert Clavel, 1679, pp, , 32; some close trimming leading to the loss in page numbers and guide words but no loss of content. Wing H-3755. ESTC R24392. [Womock, Laurence.] Two treatises[.] The first, proving both by history & record that the bishops are a fundamental & [e]ssential part of our English Parliament: the second, that they may be judges in capital cases. London: printed by Tho. Braddyll for Robert Clavel, 1680. The second treatise with a separate title page and pagination, reading: An answer to the gentleman's letter to his friend: shewing that bishops may be judges in causes capital. Pp. , 14; , 21, ; last page blank but with a full page of later manuscript annotations, headed "The emblematic picture explained." Wing W-3333, ESTC R34097. [Cellier, Elizabeth.] Malice Defeated: or a brief relation of the accusation and deliverance of Elizabeth Cellier... London: Printed for Elizabeth Cellier, and are to be sold at her house... 1680. Later issue. Pp. , 46; vignette title page; Includes "The Matchless Picaro" within same pagination though and the quire is signed M, repeating the previous 1M leaf. "The matchless Picaro" is Cellier's satirical response to Tho. Dangerfield's Answer to a certain scandalous lying pamphlet entitled, Malice defeated, or, The deliverance of Elizabeth Cellier. Wing 1661, ESTC R17590, with the fourth line of the title ending in "and du-". The tryal of Roger Earl of Castlemaine for high treason, in conspiring the death of the King, the subversion of the government, and introducing of Popery and arbitrary power... London: printed for S. G. and N. E., 1681, pp. 68. Wing T-2214, ESTC R27542. [Jenison, Robert.] The informations of Robert Jenison of Grayes Inn, Esquire. Relating the horrid Popish Plott, as they were given in writing upon oath to the honourable House of Commons on Tuesday the 9th day of November, 1680. London: printed for Thomas Basset, and Richard Tonson, 1680, pp. , 8. Wing J-560, ESTC R4086. Turbervill, Edward. The information of Edward Turbervill of Skerr in the county of Glamorgan, Gent. ... London: John Bill, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1680, pp. 12. Wing T-3252, ESTC R222425. De Faria, Francisco. The information of Francisco de Faria, delivered at the bar of the House of Commons... London: John Bill, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1680, pp. , 12. Wing F-425, ESTC R16386. Dangerfield, Thomas. The information of Thomas Dangerfield, gent. Delivered at the bar of the House of Commons... London: John Bill, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1680, pp. 15, ; Wing D-188A, ESTC R226002. A collection of letters and other writings relating to the horrid popish plot: printed from the originals in the hands of George Treby Esp; chairman of the Committee of Secrecy of the honourable House of Commons. London: Printed for Samuel Heyrick ... and John Wickins, 1681, pp. , 127, . Wing T-2102, ESTC R16576. The trial of William Viscount Stafford for high treason, in conspiring the death of the King, the extirpation of the Protestant Religion, the subversion of the government, and the introduction of Popery into this realm... London: John Bill, Thomas Newcomb, and Henry Hills, 1680-81, pp. , 218; first preliminary blank, last blank leaf missing; chips to title page and leaf 3F, with some loss to text on 3F. Wing T-2238, ESTC R3413. His Majesties message to the Commons in Parliament, relating to Tangier. And the humble address of the commons to His Majesty, in answer to that message. London: John Wright and Richard Chiswel, 1680, pp. , 71-85, ; Supplement no. 28 in the series Votes of the House of Commons. Wing E-2766A; ESTC P2760. The humble address of the House of Commons presented to His Majesty upon Tuesday the 21st day of December 1680... London: John Wright and Richard Chiswell, 1680, pp. , 133-143, ; Supplement no. 49 in the series Votes of the House of Commons. Wing E-2766A; ESTC P2760. Bound in full paneled calf, neatly rebacked and endpapers refreshed, with the supralibros of the Royal family stamped in gilt on covers, dating the binding from between 1714-1800. First title page signed by George Leo Haydock and ? Williamson on upper cover, with manuscript Jesuit monogram on bottom of page. Some pamphlets poorly printed, or with significant offsetting on facing pages. It appears the issue was so immediate that the pamphleteers were not willing to wait for the paint to dry before distribution. A significant collection of pamphlets on the issue, with royal provenance.
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