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EIKON BASILIKE, THE PORTRAICTURE OF HIS SACRED MAJESTIE IN HIS SOLITUDES AND SUFFERINGS. TOGETHER WITH HIS MAJESTIES PRAIERS DELIVERED TO DOCTOR JUXON IMMEDIATELY BEFORE HIS DEATH
No Place: No Publisher, 1649. Front and rear covers with the initials "CR" and a portrait of Charles 1 with a death's head in gilt. Double fillet gilt borders with corner winged angels. Front joint tender but intact. Old armorial book-plate on front pastedown. Pencilled notes on front free endpaper. Title-page in red and black. Folding engraved plate by Marshall showing the King at his devotions. The plate is quite crisp and clean. All edges gilt. Pp. 273-278 are mis-numbered 173-178. 279pp. This is a presentation copy from Charles II. Many editions of the book were published in 1848-1849. Exact authorship has been debated since then. Charles 1 was executed on January 30, 1849. One theory has John Gauden, the Bishop of Exeter, writing the book to inspire sympathy for the King and to rouse public opinion against his execution. The "Eikon" or "Image of the King" was a most influential book printed in England during the period of the English Civil Wars and helped turn the tide of opinion in favor of the monarchy, leading to the restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660. Furthermore, some historians believe that had the book appeared even a week earlier than it did, it might have saved the King's life. See Allibone, Volume 1 and Wing E294-306. One book with similar binding has come to auction in the past 30 years according to ABPC. We find only two libraries worldwide listing the book on OCLC.. Early Edition. Full Contemporary Calf. General Light to moderate Wear/No Jacket. 6 3/4" x 4 1/4".
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