London: Printed by R. Austin, and are to be sold by J.H., 1647. 8vo. [xii], 128 (ie, 126) pp. FIRST EDITION. Complete with the engraved frontispiece of portrait of the author and 22 unnumbered portraits. Contemporary calf; plate of Basil Fielding (between pp. 25-26) is torn on blank fore-edge (without loss to image). Contemporary ownership inscription of Thomas Saxony on verso of engraved frontispiece, another ownership inscription on the title of Jo_Weston dated 1746. Preserved in a folding clamshell box. . Item #17464
First edition. Ricraft (fl. 1646) was a merchant, a separatist, and Presbyterian although he would eventually renounce his faith at the Restoration of Charles II. In this rare work, Ricraft writes that he “here adventured to recommend unto posterity meerly out of that superabundant respect and pure zeal” the most honorable patriots of the time. Consisting of nobles, clergymen, and army officers, Ricraft introduces each champion with an engraved portrait and poem. This copy contains all 22 plates of portraits and the engraved frontispiece of the author. Extremely rare.