London: Ric. Chiswell at the Rose and Crown, 1687. Second Edition. cloth. Folio : pp. [xii] 720 [4, Historical Table of both parts] : engraved frontis and title : typographical title : 3 double page engravings attached to stubs (one closely trimmed) ; mid-late 20th century cloth binding and e.p.s : red leather title panel to spine with gilt lettering.
Very occasional spot; tidemarks to tail of some gatherings; single 2mm wormhole from p.161 through the block, closed tear to margin of p.161. Very good. Item #4464
The Eikon Basilike, or King's Book, is said to be the spiritual autobiography of King Charles I, written just before his execution on the 30th January, 1649. Several editions preceded the folio edition of 1687 and it is believed copies may have been available as early as the day of his death. These early editions were banned, but many printers took the risk to produce copies, some of them quite small and discreet in order to be easily hidden. Richard Chiswell's folio edition is of grander proportions increasing the sombre tone of its contents. Red type is used to effect for the printing of the sentence and the names of the persons present when the King was condemned.