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EIKON BASILIKE. THE POURTRAICTURE OF HIS SACRED MAJESTIE IN HIS SOLITUDES AND SUFFERINGS: Together with His Private Prayers, used in the time of his Restraint, and delivered to D. Juxon, Bishop of London, immediately before his death.
No place or imprint, 1649.Early edition 1649, WITH TIPPED IN SIGNATURE OF KING CHARLES ll. 8vo, approximately 207 x 124 mm, 8ΒΌ x 5 inches, ruled in red throughout, woodcut Royal Arms on first leaf, folding frontispiece drawn and engraved by William Marshall showing the King at Prayer with Explanation of the Embleme below, signed G.D., oval portrait of the King by Wenceslas Hollar opposite page 1, oval portrait of the Prince of Wales at page 216, a few decorated initials, collation: A - A4, B - R8, S4, pages: (8), 1 - 263, (1) including at the end a letter from the Prince to the King, 'A true Relation of the King's Speech' and an Epitaph for the King, bound in full contemporary black morocco, double ruled gilt panelling to covers with gilt ornament at the corners, double gilt rules to spine, no label or lettering, all edges gilt. At centre of both covers is a small gilt stamp with the letters "C R" surmounted by a crown and with a skull below touching the bottom of the 2 letters. 2 pages of these and similar gilt binding stamps are shown and discussed in Madan on pages 188 - 190, ours is nearest to No. 12. Spine and covers lightly faded, a25 mm (1") crack to top of lower hinge, corners very slightly worn, spine gilt rather dull, gilt missing from 1 corner ornament on upper cover, inner paper hinges cracked, binding firm and sound, armorial bookplate of Charles Chitty plus a different ink name and the date 1748 on front pastedown, slight browning and chipping to edges of early pages, very small old paper repair to reverse of intersection of folds on plate of King at prayer, no loss of text, signature of Charles Chitty to top margin of title page and page 98, tiny worm track starts on C4 - D1, no loss of text, a few pale brown splashes on pages 204 - 205, no loss of legibility, another couple to lower margin of final page, not affecting text. A very good tight complete copy in the original 17th century binding. Madan, A New Bibliography of the Eikon Basilike, No. 26 2nd issue. Madan examines the question of the authorship in detail and comes to the conclusion that both Charles I and John Gauden were involved, Charles in providing the original manuscript material, Gauden for writing it up and making a book of it (see Madan, Appendix 1, pages 126 - 133). At the top of the front pastedown a previous owner has written:"This Book did belong to King Charles the 2nd's Library" and a piece of paper bearing the signature of Charles II and 2 lines of text, has at some time been tipped onto one of the preliminary blanks. See: Sotheby's New York, Robert Pirie Collection, lot number 162. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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