[London]: Edward Husband, 1646. 4to. 8 pp. FIRST EDITION. Title within decorative border, woodcut headpiece and initial. Disbound, edges taped; interior in good condition. Item #17549
First edition. This pamphlet was issued almost immediately following Charles I’s surrender at the Siege of Exeter on April 13, 1646. In the wake of their victory, Parliament ordered 4,000 copies of this declaration outlining their intentions and goals to be printed and distributed across the country. These intentions include “to settle Religion in the Purity thereof, according to the Covenant, to maintain the ancient and Fundamental Government of this Kingdom, to preserve the Rights and Liberties of the Subject,” and “to lay hold on the first opportunity of procuring a safe and well-grounded peace in the three Kingdoms.” Religion, fundamental government, rights of the public, and peace were long-held tenants of the Parliamentarian cause, and this pamphlet emphasizes all these points.