[London]: [printed by John Grismond for Richard Royston], 1648 [i.e. 1649]. First edition, third state, with correct pagination in quire G. 12mo (6 1/2 x 3 7/8 inches). Engraved double-page portrait by William Marshall. Early 20th-century half calf, marbled boards, all edges gilt, by Zaehnsdorf. Light wear to extremities; a few occasional pale stains, lacks terminal blank, generally fresh. Item #402219
Originally attributed to Charles I, the bibliographer Madan believes it was written by John Gauden, who probably included some authentic writings of the king. Though the title-page reads 1648, it was published on 9 February 1649, ten days after the king was beheaded in the aftermath of the English Civil War. The famous allegorical frontispiece by William Marshall depicts Charles I as a Christian martyr. The work was so successful in its portrayal of the king that, at the Restoration, a special commemoration of the king on 30 January was added to the Book of Common Prayer. Charles I is the only saint formally canonised by the Church of England. ESTC R10559; Madan 1c; Wing E270.