Reflections upon the occurrences of the last year.
Reflections upon the occurrences of the last year. Reflections upon the occurrences of the last year.
£75.00

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.