Reflections upon the occurrences of the last year.STEPHENS, Edward
From 5. Nov. 1688 to 5. Nov 1689. Wherein The Happy Progress of the late Revolution, and the Unhappy Progress of Affairs since, are considered; The Original of the latter discovered, and the proper Means for Remedy proposed and recommended.
London: N.P.. 1689.
First and only edition. Small 4to (204x164mm). Title within double-ruled border. Modern marbled wrappers. One or two very minor tears without loss. An excellent copy.
Edward Stephens (d. 1706) was a prolific and politically astute pamphleteer who had wholeheartedly supported the Revolution of 1688. Quickly disenchanted, he published this pamphlet critical of William III’s government, taking as his text Proverbs 27:5-6: “Open Rebuke is better than secret Love: Faithfull are the Wounds of a Friend; but the Kisses of an enemy are deceitfull”. He criticises division in the King’s Council, leading to failure in Ireland; the fact that James II’s advisors had gone unpunished; and the machinations of those seeking preferment in the Church.
ESTC has seven copies in British libraries (two in Oxford) and three in the USA (two in California). Wing S5437A.