Oxford: Leonard Lichfield, 1642. 4to. 8 pp. Second issue of first edition. Title (trimmed) within decorated woodcut border, woodcut device, initial and headpiece. Later boards with printed title pasted on front, new endpapers. Item #17559
Second issue of first edition. Rupert had acquired a reputation as a ruthless military leader, and he was the target of many Parliamentarian pamphlets. Even his white poodle, named Boy, was feared for his supposed supernatural powers. In response to numerous “malicious lying Pamphlets” the Prince penned this declaration intending to dispel rumors of his despicable actions like defacing churches. This tract demonstrates the importance of pamphlets during the English Civil War in the eyes of the public.
Prince Rupert (1619-1682), Count Palatine of the Rhine and Duke of Bavaria, was a younger son of the German prince Frederick V, Elector Palatine and his wife Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James VI of Scotland (ultimately James I of England). He was thus nephew to Charles I and first cousin to Charles II. He became a top military general under Charles I. Following the restoration, he returned to England to become a senior English naval commander. Both patron of and participant in the sciences and arts, he was a founder of the Royal Society.