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1694 Eikon Basilike Trial of King Charles I of English Civil War John Gauden

“I intended not only to oblige my friends, but Mine enemies also”

― John Gauden, Eikon Basilike

The autobiography of King Charles I of England was published shortly after he was executed following the English Civil War. Known as ‘Eikon Basilike,’ this diary gives light to the life of the king, as well as prayers, and secrets of the English military that was led into the Civil War. While it is not certain that Charles I was the author or not, it is recognized as a work of Royalist propaganda and quite popular, even though it was highly disapproved of.

According to Madan,

“This is a malignant attack on Charles II, of unknown authorship, representing him as a Roman Catholic throughout. There are seventy-seven chapters, caricaturing the 'Eikon' and dealing with various episodes in the King's career, some of which have mock prayers at the end.”

This 1694 printing features the expected allegorical frontispiece which depict Charles I as a Christian martyr.

Item number: #5312

Price: $499


Eikon basilike deutera. The pourtraicture of his sacred majesty King Charles II. With his reasons for turning Roman Catholick; published by K. James

London : printed in the year 1694.


Collation: Complete with all pages

xvi, 320

References: Wing E 312; Madan 132; ESTC R 14898

Language: English

Binding: Leather; tight & secure

Apparent water damage

Size: ~7in X 4.5in (18cm x 12cm)

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1694 Eikon Basilike Trial of King Charles I of English

Estimate $499 - $1,000Feb 3, 2019