London: Bonham Norton and John Bill, 1618. 4to. 64 pp. (the first blank A1 is lacking and the full-page portrait has been attached to the paste-down with the caption thereof pa. FIRST EDITION. Woodcut device on title and verso of title. Early half calf and marbled boards; some leaves cropped at the top edge, otherwise interior excellent with browning on only a few leaves. Ownership inscription of Thomas Loveday dated 1914 and F[rancis] Marion Crawford dated 1896; Crawford (1854–1909) was an American author of fantastical novels based on his own travel and experiences. He was born in Italy and wrote histories as well as fiction about his adopted country. A third inscription belonging to Edw. Place in an earlier hand on the title. Item #17662
APOLOGIA JUSTIFYING RALEIGH’S EXECUTION
[BACON, Francis and other Commissioners]. A declaration of the demeanor and cariage of Sir Walter Raleigh, Knight, as well in his voyage, as in, and sithence his returne; and of true motives and inducements which occasioned His Maiestie to proceed doing justice upon him, as hath bene done. London: printed by Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill, 1618. Small 4to. Full-page portrait. Early half calf and marbled boards. Ownership inscriptions including F[rancis] Marion Crawford, an American author of fantastical novels. First edition. On October 29, 1618, Walter Raleigh (1554-1618), the historian, explorer, navigator, adventurer and poet, was executed for conspiracy against King James I due to his failure to acquire the gold he claimed to have discovered in the New World. After returning empty-handed, Raleigh was imprisoned, tried, and sentenced by a commission that included Francis Bacon. The death of Raleigh, a prolific writer and popular figure, stirred up public outcry, and thus this apologia was written and issued less than a month after the execution. $ 4000.00.