London: Printed for Richard Lowndes, 1642. Broadside. FIRST PRINTING. Woodcut initial. Folded into a full morocco binding with the gilt armorial arms of Fairfax of Cameron (Albert Fairfax, 1870-1939) on the front cover, ruled in blind, and Fairfax’s bookplate on the paste-down. The binder is possibly Charles Mudie (fl. 1844-1890), an English publisher and founder of Mudie’s Lending Library and Subscription Library. Early annotation on the blank verso of the broadside. Item #17474
Incredibly rare first printing of this broadside. The text was issued in response to the treatment of Charles I during the Siege of Hull in 1642. After the Long Parliament took control of the government in 1640, Charles I and his supporters realized their military force lagged far behind that of Parliament. The King turned his attention to Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire, which had accrued a large arsenal during the Second Bishops’ War in 1638. However, in January 1642, Sir John Hotham sent his son to secure Hull for the Parliamentarian forces. In April 1642, when Charles I arrived at Hull, Hotham did not allow the King to enter the city. The citizens of Hull, who were mostly Royalists, voiced their disapproval of Hotham and support of Charles I in this broadside. They pledge to “defend Your Majesties Sacred person against all Forraigne and Domestick attempts, to the uttermost of our power.” Charles’ unsuccesful seizure of Hull was a crucial and decisive action leading up to the outbreak of full-scale war at the Battle of Edgehill in October 1642.