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The Kings Maiesties declaration to his subiects, concerning lawfull sports to bee vsed.

London: Robert Barker, printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie: and by the assignes of Iohn Bill, 1633 Stock Code: 146944
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Antagonizing the Puritans by allowing Sunday sports

First edition thus, Charles I's re-issue of his father King James I's proclamation of 1618 of the sports and games that were allowed on Sundays. Allowing new activities, the proclamation antagonized the Puritans (who desired a total ban on all sports on the Sabbath) and was burned by the common hangman in 1643.

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Description

Small quarto (183 x 140 mm). Early 20th century green crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, spine lettered in gilt, spine bands, covers, and turn-ins ruled in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.

Condition

Bound without terminal blank, but with A1, blank other than for signature mark.Washed and pressed with a few discreet peripheral paper repairs as was Riviere's custom, presenting nicely as a crisp, clean copy; the binding with light sunning to spine and trivial rubbing at extremities else fine.

Bibliography

ESTC S101032 (variant with woodcut on A4 depicting David with harp, another known with a winged woman, no priority established); STC 9257; Steele, I, 1662a.

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