"Taken Exactly from His Mouth at the Place of Execution" [Execution]. [Great Britain]. College (Colledge), Stephen [c.1635-1681]. The Speech and Carriage of Stephen Colledge Before the Castle at Oxford, Wednesday, Aug. 31. 1681. Taken Exactly from His Mouth at the Place of Execution. London: Printed for T. Bassett, And John Fish, 1681. 2 pp. 10-3/4" x 6" handbill, text in two columns below headline, removed from an early bound volume, affixed along left-hand margin to 1" strip of paper. Moderate toning, horizontal fold line through center, a few chips and creases to edges, 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 The Speech and Carriage. The other has the text in a single column. There are also two issues in pamphlet form, both in 1681, one by Bassett and one printed in Dublin by B. Tooke and J. Crooke. English Short-Title Catalogue R171435.
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