London: Printed for Michael Spark, 1648. 4to. [vi], 8, 69. FIRST EDITION. Woodcut initials and headpieces. Calf-backed marbled boards, spine label, new endpapers; an excellent copy. Item #17455
First edition. Prynne here writes in defense of the legitimacy of members of the House of Peers (Lords) as a governing upper chamber of a representative parliament government. One of his earliest forays into politics during the Civil War, Prynne, a Royalist, directly refutes anti-monarchy pamphlets written by his long-time nemesis John Lilburne as well as Sectaries, Levellers, Anabaptists, and “their dangerous Confederates” who had been gaining power at the time. Prynne describes himself here as “a well-wisher to both Houses of Parliament, and the Republike; now exceedingly shaken and indangered in the very foundation.”
Prynne (1600–69) was a prolific pamphleteer who wrote on numerous subjects from theater to theology, and published about 200 books and pamphlets during his lifetime. An expanded second edition was printed in 1658.