London: Printed for Thomas Dring, 1655. 8vo.  pp. FIRST EDITION. Final blank has contemporary manuscript annotations in brown ink. Woodcut head- pieces. Contemporary calf; interior excellent. Preserved in a folding cloth box. Item #17463
First edition. Dring (d. 1668) was a bookseller in London and a Royalist sympathizer. After the defeat of Charles I and the monarchy during the English Civil War, the Parliamentary Committee for Compounding seized the lands of many noblemen and landed gentry. A catalogue of the lords, knights, and gentlemen alphabetically lists about 2800 Royalists who had to pay a fine in order to avoid the confiscation of their lands, or in some cases, pay to have their estates returned. Dring’s catalogue is an important reference work regarding the treatment of Royalists in the wake of the Civil War.