Publicly Burnt by the Common Hangman by Order of King James II [Claude, Jean (1619-1687)]. An Account of the Persecutions and Oppressions of the Protestants in France. London: Printed for J. Norris, 1686. [iv], 56 pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into twentieth-century three-quarter calf over cloth, gilt title to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, bookseller catalogue listing for this title affixed to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves, light soiling to title page, light browning along edges, early repair to tear on fore-edges, date modified by early hand (?) to read "1699." $1,500. * Only English edition, one of three London issues and one Dublin reprint from 1686. Claude was a French Protestant divine and a professor of theology at the Protestant college of Nimes. After the Edict of Fountainbleau (1685), which revoked the civil rights of French Protestants and outlawed Protestantism, he fled to the Netherlands, where he received a pension from stadtholder William of Orange, who commissioned him to write an account of the persecuted French Protestants, Plaintes des Protestants Cruellement Opprimes dans le Royaume de France (1686). The book, which includes the text of the 1685 edict, was translated into English, but the translation and the French-language original text were publicly burnt by the common hangman by order of King James II in 1686 because it contained passages that criticized the king of France. Due to this burning, all versions of this pamphlet are scarce. OCLC locates 4 copies our issue in North America, the ESTC adds 6 more. No copies located in North American law libraries. English Short-Title Catalogue R18292.
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