The Life and Martyrdom of Charles I Charles I [1600-1649], King of England. Basilika. The Works of King Charles the Martyr: With a Collection of Declarations, Treaties and Other Papers Concerning the Differences Betwixt His Said Majesty and His Two Houses of Parliament. With the History of His Life; As Also of His Tryal and Martyrdome. London: Printed for Ric. Chiswell, 1687. [viii], 720,  pp. With an armorial frontispiece, engraved title page and two folding plates. Folio (15-1/4" x 9-1/2"). Early paneled calf with corner fleurons and gilt fillets to boards, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, gilt ornaments to compartments, gilt tooling to board edges, edges rouged, marbled endpapers, blind inside dentelles. Moderate rubbing and a few small scuffs and stains to boards, which are carefully reattached with cloth, somewhat heavier rubbing to extremities, spine and joints varnished, chipping to spine ends, light wear to board edges and corners, which are bumped, armorial bookplate (of Sir Gilbert Greenall) and small shelf label to front pastedown. Page 207 (the execution warrant for Charles I) printed in red and black. Light toning to interior, light foxing and soiling to a few pages, a few (mostly partial) cracks to text block, all leaves secure. $650. * Second edition. In addition to other letters, treatises and historical accounts published during the English Civil Wars and their aftermath, the core of this work is the Eikon Basilike, the spiritual autobiography attributed to Charles I. First published ten days after his execution by Parliament in 1649, the Eikon combined religious and political styles of writing to portray Charles as a martyr paying for his political sins with his life. Wildly popular, the work went through many official and unofficial editions. The first edition of the present title appeared in 1662 after the Restoration of Charles II and was the first printing of the Eikon with royal approval. English Short-Title Catalogue R6734.
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