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Gauden, John ( Attributed to )

Eikon Basilike ( in Greek). the Pourtraicture of His Sacred Maiestie in His Solitude and Sufferings

      - [ London] Perhaps the First Edition 1st edition, 1st issue no publisher, [iv] 269pp, double page engraving frontispiece, lacks the final blank, with "mala" spelling on title page. Originally attributed to Charles I, it is now acknowledged that the author is John Gauden. full calf (worn) damage to spinesee: Wing E268 Pforzheimer 171 Almack 1 . ** Eikon Basilike [Gr.,=royal image], subtitled "the Portraiture of His Sacred Majesty in His Solitudes and Sufferings," a work published soon after the execution of Charles I of England in 1649. It purports to be the king's spiritual autobiography. Written in simple, direct, and moving language, it ran into many editions and was translated into several languages. After the Restoration, John Gauden claimed authorship of the book, and this claim is still a subject of scholarly controversy. Because of the favorable image it created of the king, John Milton was assigned by the regicides to reply to it, which he did in his Eikonoklastes (1649). The name is also spelled Icon Basilike and Ikon Basilike. [Attributes: First Edition]

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