Care Supports a Controversial Decision by King James II [Care, Henry (1646-1688)]. A Vindication of the Proceedings of His Majesties Ecclesiastical Commissioners, Against the Bishop of London, And the Fellows of Magdalen-College. London: Printed by Tho. Milbourn, 1688. [iv], 8, 17-78 pp. Text continuous despite pagination. With a preliminary imprimatur leaf. Quarto (8-1/4" x 6-1/2"). Recent marbled boards, printed paper title panel to front cover, untrimmed edges. Light rubbing to spine. Title printed within double-ruled border. Light toning to text, faint dampstain to head of title page, internally clean. A handsome copy. $350. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1688. In April 1687 King James II interfered in the presidential election of Magdalen College. The ensuing controversy ended with the installation of the pro-Catholic Bishop of Oxford, backed by the Royal Ecclesiastical Commissioners, as president. The fellows acquiesced, but this was not enough for the king, who ordered them to admit their wrongdoing and ask for his pardon. Most of the fellows refused and were ejected and replaced by Catholics. Care supported the King's actions. For most of his career, Care was an opponent of Catholicism and royal power, but he shifted course during the reign of James II, becoming an unofficial royal propagandist. Though not uncommon, few copies of this title are held in North American law libraries. Counting both issues, OCLC locates 3 (at Harvard, the Library of Congress and York University). English Short-Title Catalogue R202803.
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