The Beginning of the English Civil Wars Holles, Denzil [1599-1680]. The Speech of Denzil Holles Esquire. Delivered at the Lords Barr, Wednesday the 15th of Iune. Upon the Impeachment of the Earles of North-Hampton, Devon-Shire, Monmouth, And Dover, And of the Lords Rich, Andover, Grey of Ruthen, Coventry and Capell, For Their Contempt in Departing from the Parliament, And Not Returning Upon Summons. London: Printed for Thomas Underhill, 1642. [ii], 11,  pp. Final leaf blank. Quarto (8" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in recent plain wrappers, blank label to front wrapper. Light toning to interior, light soiling in a few places, somewhat heavier to title page, faint dampstain to first three leaves, light foxing to a few pages. $250. * First edition, one of several 1642 issues. Holles, an English statesman and writer, had a long and varied career that spanned the Civil War, Commonwealth and Restoration periods. A Parliamentarian moderate, he was one of the "Five Members" whose January 1642 arrest inflamed tensions between Charles I and Parliament and led to the first English Civil War. In this heated speech, he presents the case for impeachment of nine lords who allied with Royalist forces at the outbreak of the war and refused to rejoin Parliament. English Short-Title Catalogue R188246.
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