1621 · La Rochelle
News reaching England relating to the many and diverse French religious wars had a strong following in that Protestant kingdom and this pamphlet from the very beginning of the so-called Rohan wars was immediately translated into English (The Declaration of the Reformed Churches of France and the Soueraigntie of Bearn. Of their Vniust persecution by the Enemies of the State and their Religion. And of their Lawfull and Necessarie Defence).
In either language, it relates to the Béarn case (1617–20) where Louis XIII in 1620 militarily occupied Pau and replaced the Béarn council (composed solely of Protestants) with a parliament where only Catholics sat; he also restored Catholic worship. => The Huguenots rebelled and this is one of the first publications from their press in their defense.
This is the first edition in octavo format, the issue in 58 pp.
Lindsay & Neu 4552, variant, for they cite 46 pp. Removed from a nonce volume, gatherings separating. Very good condition. (Inventory #: 37303)