London: Michael Spark Senior, 1643. 4to. [viii], 76 pp. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Title within decorative border, woodcut initial and headpiece. Disbound; some soiling, a few leaves need re-sewing, some minor tears and chipping to corners (without loss to any print). Inscription in lower right corner of title. Item #17563
First edition, first issue, with the author’s name in italics. In this pamphlet, Prynne, a staunch Puritan, criticizes Charles I for his connections to the Catholic Church and Rome. While initially calling for peace at the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, here he rallies against the “Popish and Malignant Party” who have poisoned the king against his kingdom and Parliament. Prynne is especially critical of the Queen and the “popish Rebels in Ireland.” Charles’s I consort, Henrietta Maria of France, was Roman Catholic and her religion was long a source of contention among the public and members of Parliament. While he is careful not to attack the king outright, Prynne is insistent that the “antichristian adverse power of the Romish malignant party” is truly to blame for the country’s current state of affairs.
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.