Appello Caesarem. A Just Appeale from Two Unjust Informers.
£475.00
London: Printed by H.L. for Matthew Lownes. 1625.

First edition. 4to (175x133mm). pp. [xxvi], 322. Contemporary mottled calf with ruled borders in blind and a further ruled double line in blind running down the centre of upper and lower covers. Four raised bands to spine. Red morocco lettering piece in second compartment, lettered in gilt. Some rubbing to covers and edges. Loss to head and foot of spine and rubbing to joints but overall a nice, tight binding. The contents are in excellent condition, very fresh and clean. The running title is "An Appeale to Caesar". There is a binder's error with the preliminaries: The contents leaves (*4-A4) have been bound before the dedication (a4) rather than after it so that the collation is slightly out of sequence but all the gatherings are present, the text is complete and it does not affect the text or its sense. At the top of the first contents page is the ownership inscription of Anne Wentworth and Wentworth Lovelace. This has been defaced but is still legible. A typewritten note by a previous owner from the twentieth century (Lord Kennet) tipped in to the ffep explains that this is Lady Anne Wentworth who married John, 2nd Baron Lovelace in 1638, an ardent Royalist. The double title dates from 1686 when she inherited the Wentworth title so her inscription dates from between then and her death in 1697. Lady Anne Wentworth was also the dedicatee of "Lucasta" by the Cavalier Poet Richard Lovelace. At the foot of the title page is another, partially defaced ownership inscription of Ed. (?) Bedingfield. This is a very nice copy, with an interesting ownership history, of a controversial book that was threatened with burning and then suppressed in 1629.