London: n.p., 1642. 4to. [iv], 32 pp. FIRST EDITION, Second issues. Unbound, sewn as issued. Some contemporary annotations and underlining on the title page. Item #17562
First edition, second issue with a cancel title and added leaf A2. Issued as England was on the brink of civil war, Prynne here calls for peace. He describes the situation as the “deplorable condition of our bleeding and almost expiring Kingdom, machinating its owne unevitable ruine by a causelesse, groundless Civill Warre.” He also makes reference to the current events at the siege of Hull in 1642, the first major action of the war in which Charles I was denied entry to the city and his Royalist forces were unsuccessful in their attempts to seize the ammunition stores there. While Prynne, initially a Parliamentarian, would support the Restoration, this early political pamphlet shows his attempt to remain unbiased.
Prynne (1600–1669) was a prolific pamphleteer and attorney who wrote on numerous subjects from theater to theology, and published about 200 books and pamphlets during his lifetime. An expanded second edition was printed in 1658.