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A True Copy of the Journal of The High Court of Justice, For the.
1684 - "The Blackest and Basest of All Crimes" [Trial]. Charles I [1600-1659], Defendant. Nalson, J[ohn] [1638-1686]. A True Copy of the Journal of The High Court of Justice, For the Tryal of King Charles I. As it Was Read in the House of Commons, And Attested Under the Hand of Phelps, Clerk of That Infamous Court. With a Large Introduction. London: Printed by H.C. For Thomas Dring, 1684. [xii], LXX, [2], 128, [8] pp. Two copperplate frontispieces, one a portrait frontispiece of Charles I., the other an allegory of his trial. Copperplate trial scene. Folio (12" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary calf, gilt fillets and small central owner crests to boards, raised bands, gilt ornaments and lettering piece to spine Moderate rubbing with some wear to extremities, small chip to foot of spine. Pages 86 and 110, which list the members of the High Court, printed in red and black. Light toning to text, dampspotting, dampstaining, finger smudges and minor tears in a few places, clean tear to plate depicting trial mended with archival tape, edgewear to folding leaf with minor loss to text, internally clean. * First edition. The seventy-page "Large Introduction" is a polemical attack on the high court, "Monsters of Ingratitude and Cruelty, Treachery and Hypocrisie" who committed "the blackest and basest of all crimes" in their conviction and execution of King Charles I. Many journal entries have commentary by Nalson; several are quite sarcastic. The allegorical frontispiece is faced with an explanation in verse. The trial scene is keyed to a facing (polemical) leaf of captions. Later editions were published in 1731 and 1740. English Short-Title Catalogue R5636. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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