The Trial of the Seven Bishops and the Impeachment of Lord John Somers [Trials]. [Sancroft, William (1617-1693), Et Al. Defendants]. The Proceedings and Tryal in the Case of The Most Reverend Father in God William Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, And the Right Reverend Fathers in God, William Lord Bishop of St. Asaph, Francis Lord Bishop of Ely, John Lord Bishop of Chichester, Thomas Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, Thomas Lord Bishop of Peterborough, and Jonathan Lord Bishop of Bristol. In the Court of Kings-Bench at Westminster, in Trinity-Term in the Fourth Year of the Reign of King James the Second, Annoque; Dom. 1688. London: Printed for Thomas Basset and Thomas Fox, 1689. [xiii], 140 pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece of the seven bishops. [Bound with] [Parliament]. The Several Proceedings and Resolutions of the House of Peers, In Relation to the Lords Impeached or Charged. London: Printed by Charles Bill, And the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, 1701. 100 pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary paneled calf, corner fleurons to boards, rebacked in period style with raised bands, lettering piece ("Tryals Etc.") and gilt date (1701) to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Rubbing, scuffing and a few nicks to boards, "Bishops" in early Gothic script to head of front board, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and lightly worn, hinges mended. Light toning to interior, very light foxing and soiling in a few places, light worming to upper gutter not affecting text, edges of title page and frontis of Proceedings and Tryal discreetly mended without loss to image, trimming to head of Several Proceedings just catching page numbers in a few places, text notably bright. $1,000. * Proceedings and Tryal: first edition; Several Proceedings: one of two 1701 issues. In 1688 James II reissued his Declaration of Indulgence, which suspended the penal laws enacted against Catholics and dissenters, and ordered the Anglican clergy to read it to their congregations. The Archbishop of Canterbury and six bishops petitioned against this order on the grounds that the suspending power had been declared illegal by Parliament. They were indicted in the King's Bench for seditious libel, but were acquitted to great public acclaim. The "Trial of the Seven Bishops," as it came to be known, confirmed.
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