Lot 184: Tyrannic Usurpation of the Rump Parliament
17th November 2016
Author: May, Thomas; Title: Arbitrary Government Displayed to the Life, in the Tyrannic Usurpation of a Junto of Men Called the Rump Parliament. And More Especially in That of the Tyrant and Usurper, Oliver Cromwell...; Place Published: London; Publisher: Charles Leigh; Date Published: 1682; Description: 156 (i.e.160), 169-216 pp. Page numbers 93-96 each have an unpaginated verso; numbers 157-168 are skipped in the pagination (text complete). (12mo) 14.5x8 cm (5¾x3¼"), old calf with later rebacking. First Edition. This variant with "king and cuontry" [sic] on line 20 of the title page. ESTC calls for 4 plates, this copy contains 10 engravings, including 2 pasted to endpapers. Two of the engravings are clearly original to the book, the others have either been trimmed and reinserted or bound in from other works on the subject. Title continues: "In which you have a clear view of the arbitrary, illegal, and unjust proceedings, of those persons under the notion of liberty. And a compendious history of those times, faithfully collected. With the characters and lives of several of those usurpers, and a brief account of the several persons that suffered death, and imprisonment under them for their loyalty to their king and country. And by which may be seen the difference between arbitrary usurpers and lawful kings reigning by, and according to the laws of the land. Illustrated with several brass cuts, representing the chief persons, and passages therein." Condition: Page block detached from binding, light foxing; very good.
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