"The Protestant Joiner" [Execution]. [Great Britain]. College (Colledge), Stephen [c.1635-1681]. A True Copy of the Dying Words of Mr. Stephen Colledge, Left in Writing Under His Own Hand, And Confirmed by Him at the Time of Execution, August 31. 1681. At Oxford. Published by His Own Relations. London: Printed for Edith Colledge, 1681. 2 pp. 10-3/4" x 6" handbill removed from an early bound volume, affixed along left-hand margin to 1" strip of paper. Moderate toning, faint dampspotting, edges trimmed just touching catch-word at foot of p. 1, paper strip just touching text along right-hand margin of p.2. $750. * Only edition. College, sometimes spelled Colledge, was a fervent Protestant propagandist and printmaker. (He also invented a weapon called "the Protestant flail.") He was known as the "Protestant Joiner," a reference to his original trade, fine carpentry. When Parliament moved to Oxford, in March 1681, College went there on horseback, armed and wearing armor, and advocated Parliament's resistance to the absolutist tendencies and Catholic sympathies of King Charles II. His willingness to incite violence led to his arrest on invented charges of sedition in June 1681, and he was eventually convicted, hanged and quartered after a show trial in August. There are two versions of A True Copy. In ours the first line of text ends with "des-." In the other, the first line of text ends with "so." English Short-Title Catalogue R226696.
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