EIKON BASILIKE The Portraicture of his Sacred Majestie in his Solitudes and Sufferings. Rom.8. More then Conqueror, &c.
Bound in re-backed full leather and retaining the original gilt monogramed boards pierced for ribbons with original endpapers signed "Adam Gordon Geddes*" to paste down.Duo. 4½"X2½" Folding emblematic woodcut frontispiece by William Marshall [vi] 342pps. Followed by eleven inserted blanks containing 8pps of neat legible manuscript notes regarding the contentious authorship of the work published just hours after the King was beheaded by Parliament in the aftermath of the English Civil War. It is claimed that in 1649 alone more than fifty editions were published and the work studied as closely as the bible, by those who felt a great crime had been committed in the name of the nation. It was generally accepted as the Kings message to his people but suppressed by Parliament it was illegal to print and booksellers to sell, so few editions have the usual production details on the title page.Very soon after however, doubts were raised by Milton [ A staunch Cromwellian] and others but it was not until after the Restoration that John Gauden [Bishop of Exeter] claimed to have written the book which he said the King had, at his suggestion, agreed to adopt as his own " This book he wrote to Clarendon" was wholly & only my invention,making and design,in order to vindicate the King's wisdom,honour and piety" The included clipping in the photograph is marked "Standard of 29th May 1896" and reviews the just published bibliography of The King's Book by Edward Almack. *The Adam Gordon Geddes may have been The Edinburgh born "Paymaster for Regiments" 1790-1861 an interesting provenance if he was also responsible for the notes.
Author Charles First [attributed] Dr John Gauden. ditto.
Publisher Printed Anno Dom.1648. [No publishers imprint]