Eikōn basilikē, vel, Imago Regis Caroli, in illis suis aerumnis et solitudine [Bound With] Defension Regia Pro Carolo I [Bound With] Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio
Den Haag: Samuelis Broun, 1649. Three works bound in one, in a contemporary French binding. Works are: Eikōn basilikē, vel, Imago Regis Caroli, in illis suis aerumnis et solitudine Hagae-Comitis (Den Haag) Samuelis Broun. 1649. Conforms to OCLC 60405083. Beautiful double page frontis engraving by Hollar. Text in Latin. Translation by John Earle. Attributed to Charles I and John Gauden. , 272 pages.
[Bound With] [SALMASIUS, CLAUDIUS] Defension Regia Pro Carolo I Ad Serenissimum Magnae Britannia Regem Carolum II. Filium natu majorem, Heredem & Successorem legitimum. Anonymous author & printer. 1649 Conforms to OCLC 70699080. 468 pages. Seems to be first edition but not clear. Claude Saumaise (Salmasius) was a French Humanist (1596-1653). This work is a defense of Charles I, (written shortly after his execution), supporting Absolute Monarchy and the Divine Right of Kings.
[Bound With] MILTON, Joannis [John Milton], Angli Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio Contra Claudii Anonymi, alias Salmasii, Defensionem Regiam. Londini: Typis Du Gardianis, 1652. 192 pages. OCLC 933136975. Second (?) edition of this rebuttal of Saumaise (printed 1651) which was an important work for Milton, establishing his reputation, and celebrated as a victory over Salmasius's writing. The work, written in Latin is noted for its colourful invectives such as a 'dung-hill Frenchman' and indignant attacks on the French scholar. (With thanks for this Pat Marrin!) Wing, M2169.
Binding has leather spine and vellum boards. These are somewhat bowed with age. Spine, with gilt titles and decoration is still attractive, but has a couple of small holes to the binding. Pages are clean and tidy throughout, with just a few foxing spots. Attractive French bookplate to the inside board. All works are 125 by 70mm (5 by 2¾ inches).