London: printed for Ralph Mabb, 1641. Mottled Calf. Not to be confused with another small quarto of the same title published the same year (ESTC R8409), but without frontispiece portrait. 4to (179 x 133mm): ,14,21-34pp, with frontispiece signed, Edw: Bower pinxit G: Glouer fecit. Text and register continuous despite pagination. With the genuine final blank leaf, often absent. Period-style full mottled calf by Riviere, richly gilt spine in six compartments between raised bands, covers bordered with French fillet and circular gilt corner pieces, marbled end papers. A superb example of this exceedingly scarce title, binding and contents virtually pristine. Wing P4295A. ESTC R203308. Fine. Item #BB2115
Second Edition, with Pym's portrait, published the same year as the first. On Dec. 18, 1640, before the Long Parliament, Pym, an architect of Parliament’s victory over King Charles I, accused Laud of treason. The charges against him touched upon both secular and religious matters, but the theme of popery ran through both, chiefly of laboring to reconcile England and Rome. Laud subsequently was imprisoned in the Tower of London, where he remained throughout the early stages of the English Civil War. On January 10, 1645, he was beheaded on Tower Hill, the great speech of Pym the chief cause of his demise. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).