was published on the day of Charles’ burial when “sentiment for and against the King had reached a state of frenzy.” It was the. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Eikon Basilike, Or, The King’s Book. Edited by Edward Almack. London: A. Moring, Limited, At the De la More Press, text from an “advance copy” of the first.

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The heavily symbolic frontispiece to Eikon Basilike. The story basi,ike his downfall basili,e soon told; his belief in the Divine Right of Kings and apparent Catholic sympathies led to unpopularity with the people and Parliament, the ultimate result of which was Civil War from In he was imprisoned and refused to give in to the demands of his captors for a constitutional monarchy, and when Oliver Cromwell took control of the country inhis fate was sealed.

Whoever the author, Eikon Basilike The Royal Portrait was immensely popular, and appeared in many editions by the end of the year. The Library holds over fifty copies of the text, in various languages, most of which are gathered together at the classmark CCA-E. Title page to Eikon Basilike London: The sixty-five volumes shelved at CCA-E.

It is now generally agreed that Gauden is likely to have compiled the text using some authentic writings of the King as a foundation. The majority of the collection fifty nine volumes was given to the Library by Francis Falconer Madan over a period of more than three decades, between and The younger Madan was the author of what remains the most extensive study of the Eikonbased on his own collection begun by his father and published by the Oxford Bibliographical Basilikke in At the core of the collection is around fifty copies of the Eikon printed in England or on the continent in orof which thirty seven edition are in English.

The text was suppressed by Parliament, so it was illegal for printers to print it and for booksellers to sell it.

Charles I and the Eikon Basilike – Cambridge University Library Special Collections

Given the secrecy with which copies of the text had to be produced, establishing the order in which the various editions appeared and by whom they were printed is not an easy task. Consequently the identification of printers with particular anonymous editions has often been achieved by comparing their decorative initials and type with those of known printers of the day.

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Many copies are pocket-sized, which allowed them to be easily concealed by their owners. Editions also appeared in Latin, French, German and Dutch. There are further copies of the text scattered throughout the library in other distinct collections, including the Royal Library the collection of Bishop John Moore, presented by King George I inthe library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes acquired in and that of the Rousseau scholar R. Leigh acquired between and Transcribed into the back of this copy CCD.

Solly wrote a short article on the Eikonpublished in the Bibliographer inbut his hopes of compiling a more detailed study were cut short by his death three years later. Several volumes in our collection once belonged to Charles Edward DobleAssistant Secretary to the Oxford University Press, and two contain the bookplate of Edward Almack himself. After training to be a barrister, then turning to medicine, he became an Egyptologist and left some of his rare books to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

His papers are in the University Library. Several volumes in the collection contain dated inscriptions of the seventeenth century: A number of the volumes were owned by women. The sombre binding rear board of CCE. This binding is a mere mm tall.

Eikon Basilike

Interestingly, two copies of the same edition CCC. This collection, largely the gift of F. Madan, is a resource of immeasurable wealth for those interested in gasilike Eikon. The large number of different editions in one library allows one to study and understand the way in which the various editions were produced, and copy-specific features eikkon bindings, bookplates and annotations allow one to find out how the books were used, received and thought of by readers from the seventeenth century through to the twentieth.

The War of Words: Eikon Basilike and the Martyrdom of Charles I – Early Modern England

The first edition bwsilike in three issues, and it is suggested that the first was an advance copy, the second was sold by hawkers and the third was the first to appear in the basilioe. The edition has not been basilikf, but it is clearly early sixteenth century, and from a relatively large volume there are two columns to a page, each being 89mm wide, not including printed marginalia.

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It basilie none of the following, which have been ruled out either by the type, the arrangement of text or the page size: I am currently making a PhD on Eikon Basilike and its reception. Did readers leave any marks? Thank you for your comment. I have recently bought an oil painting from a car boot sale that is the exact same as the Eikon Basilike picture that is in this article.

The canvas I have seems to be very very old,i have had someone look at the wood that is in the canvas and have been told that it is over years old.

Your picture is the only I can find on the internet and I would love more information on my oil painting. I was wondering if the style of printing is known? The development of mezzotint in was distinctive because it introduced a way to produce tones or varying shades of black.

From what I have read though, it seems that the frontispiece was woodblock; but would that technique apply rikon the rest of the book? Most likely only for illustrations. The main body of the work was probably metal movable type since it was introduced in Any information would be wonderful.

As far as I know the frontispiece is engraved i. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Vanessa, Thank you for your comment. Hi Liam I have recently bought an oil painting from a car boot sale that is the exact same as the Eikon Basilike picture that is in this article. The canvas I have seems to be very very old,i have had someone look at the wood that is in the canvas and have been told that it is over years old Your picture is the only I can find on the internet and I would love more information on my oil painting Reply.

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