(London: s.n. 1660). 160 x 105 mm. (6 3/8 x 4 1/4)" , 94 pp. FIRST EDITION.
Unlettered contemporary sheep. Front pastedown with bookplate of Robert S. Pirie. Wing W-3157. See also: Hensley "The Later Career of George Wither." Covers with some minor scratches and abrasions, one small rust hole affecting a few leaves, but AN EXTRAORDINARILY FINE CONTEMPORANEOUS COPY, the contents virtually without fault, and the unrestored binding showing almost no signs of wear.
Written at the beginning of the Restoration period, this anti-imperialist pamphlet pleads for the fair compensation and equitable treatment of its citizens for the sake of the nation's honor. The author, no doubt, counted himself among those who were unjustly treated by Parliament; indeed, his financial problems seem to have been closely tied to the volatile political climate and whether he was in or out of favor. Although Wither (1588-1667) made his name as a poet and satirist, he became increasingly radicalized in his mature adulthood, associating with the progressive Levellers during the English Civil War. After Charles II's rise to power, Wither produced this and several other anti-imperialist pamphlets, for which he was sent to Newgate and then to the Tower under the charge of seditious libel. Despite his imprisonment, Wither continued to write and publish a number of works including "Paralellogrammaton" and "The Prisoners Plea" (both 1662). DNB speculates that the present work was probably published in 1661 (despite the 1660 imprint on the title) due to a reference to Venner's rising, which occurred in January of that year. This work also contains a list of the author's publications on pp. 90-94, including a few works that are now lost. (ST13652)
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