Charles II, King of England, 1630-1685) (actual Author Unknown)
EIKON BASILIKE DEUTERA the Pourtraicture of his Sacred Majesty King Charles II, with his reasons for turning Roman Catholick / published by K. James. Found in the strong box.
Frontispiece in imitation of Charles I's illustration but with fleur de Lis on an alter cloth, in a pose of adoration of one of his mistresses.
Octavo half calf with grained cloth sides. Rebacked with contrasting spine labels (adequately repaired but not a highly professional job) Frontis + TP +iii-xvi +320pp with errata at the foot of p320. Frontis mounted, TP with faint red stamp + perforated stamp +booklabel all of the Brooklyn Public Library and its forerunner the Brooklyn Atheneum. Also two accession numbers one in ink one stamped. Gutter tide mark fading out towards the middle, returning towards end which also has marginal worming but never touching text. *"This is a malignant attack on Charles II, of unknown authorship, representing him as a Roman Catholic throughout. There are seventy-seven chapters, caricaturing the 'Eikon' and dealing with various episodes in the King's career" Charles II was widely held to be weak, and too much under the sway of his mistresses, most of whom, except for Nell Gwyn, were French Catholics [ESTC R14898; WING E-312 - seemingly the one and only edition).
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