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Thomas Bayly, D. D. whilst he was a Prisoner there
HERBA PARIETIS: OR, THE WALL-FLOWER. AS IT GREW OUT OF THE STONE-CHAMBER BELONGING TO THE METROPOLITAN PRISON OF LONDON, CALLED NEWGATE. BEING A HISTORY WHICH IS PARTLY TRUE, PARTLY ROMANTICK, MORALLY DIVINE: WHEREBY A MARRIAGE BETWEEN REALITY AND FANCY IS SOLEMNIZED BY DIVINITY
London: Printed by J. G. and are to be sold by John Holden, 1650. First Edition. Full Leather. Very Good binding. Thomas Bayly, D.D. was imprisoned in Newgate after having blamed London in The Royal charter for the execution of King Charles I - "Some writings which gave offence to the authorities of the Commonwealth, and let to his imprisonment in Newgate" (DNB 1370). There he wrote this moralizing romance, Herba Parietis. The narrative is set among sixth century Roman exiles in Africal and features comic scenes and romantic entanglements. The curious title has little to do with the content and suggests perhaps that it was written to cheer himself up. The Preface contains an impassioned defence of his Certamen Religiosum, denying that it was a forgery defaming the King (see Pepysdiary.com/encylopedia). His amusing response: "was there ever such a Sir Jarvis Simple knowne as this Fellow makes himself?"~~After his release Bayly became a Roman Catholic and died, according to different accounts, in the household of Cardinal Ottobon, or as a poor soldier at Bologna.~~First Edition; elaborate engraved frontispiece of the Gate-house of Newgate Prison, with title page printed in red and black within a typographical border. Engraved initials and headpieces. Simple black border to the text. In late 19th century mottled calf, triple ruled at the perimeter of the boards with stops at the corners. Van Gelder papers with their watermark, used for modern endpapers and flyleaves. From the library of Sir Henry Harben, a British barrister, politician and mjaor support of women's suf … [Click Below for Full Description]
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