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The narrative history of King James, for the first fourteen years. : In four parts. : I. The state of England at His Majesties entrance, and relation it had to other parts : the lascivious courses at court; ... : II. The proceedings touching the divorce betwixt Lady Frances Howard, and Robert Earl of Essex. ... also, the arraignment of Sir Jer. Elvis Lieutenant of the Tower, Sri Thomas Monson knight, Anne Turner, Rich. Weston and James Franklin, &c. touching the murthering and poysoning of Sir Thomas Overbury, ... : III. A declaration of His Majesties revenue with assignations and defalcations upon the same, ... : IV. The commissions and warrants for the burning of two hereticks .. also two pardons, the one for Theophilus Higgons, the other for Sr. Eustace Harte. Preview this item
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The narrative history of King James, for the first fourteen years. : In four parts. : I. The state of England at His Majesties entrance, and relation it had to other parts : the lascivious courses at court; ... : II. The proceedings touching the divorce betwixt Lady Frances Howard, and Robert Earl of Essex. ... also, the arraignment of Sir Jer. Elvis Lieutenant of the Tower, Sri Thomas Monson knight, Anne Turner, Rich. Weston and James Franklin, &c. touching the murthering and poysoning of Sir Thomas Overbury, ... : III. A declaration of His Majesties revenue with assignations and defalcations upon the same, ... : IV. The commissions and warrants for the burning of two hereticks .. also two pardons, the one for Theophilus Higgons, the other for Sr. Eustace Harte.

Author: G WGeorge WitherFulke Greville, Baron BrookeArthur WilsonMichael SparkeAll authors
Publisher: London, : Printed for Michael Sparke at the sign of the Bible in Green-Arbour., 1651.
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Genre/Form: Errata lists (Publishing)
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Named Person: Frances Howard Carr Somerset, Countess of; Frances Howard Carr Somerset, Countess of; Robert Carr Somerset, Earl of; Robert Devereux Essex, Earl of; Thomas Overbury, Sir; Bartholomew Legatt; Edward Wightman; Theophilus Higgons; Eustace Harte, Sir; Gervase Helwys, Sir; Richard Weston; Thomas Monson; Anne Turner; James Franklin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G W; George Wither; Fulke Greville, Baron Brooke; Arthur Wilson; Michael Sparke; John Droeshout; Bridgewater House Library,
OCLC Number: 228675208
Notes: Signatures: pi⁴ a² B-X⁴ Y² Z⁴ Z*⁴ [chi]² A*-I*⁴ 2A*-2B*⁴ 2C*² ²a⁴.
With an added engraved illustrated title page by John Droeshout; title and imprint: Trvth brought to light and discouered by time, or, A discourse and historicall narration of the first XIIII yeares of King Iames reigne. London : Printed by Richard Cotes and are to be sold by Michaell Sparke, 1651.
Leaf V4 (p. [163]-[164], 3rd sequence) is blank.
With a preliminary leaf: "The emblematical title explained"
Subsequent editions better known as "Truth brought to light"
Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author signed: "P.S. sculp." or "S.P. sculp." (not identified); this leaf is conjugate with the letter press title page.
The folded leaf contains an engraved portrait of Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and his wife Frances.
In 4 parts; parts 1-2 continuously paged; parts 2-4 have separate dated title pages; register is continuous.
"A compleat table" - a table of contents, and errata for part 1 only (p. [8] at end); quire is signed a⁴; in some copies, it is found at the beginning, following "The stationer to the impartial reader..."
Part 1, "A historical narration of the first fourteen years of King James" (p. 1-74, 2nd sequence) and "Sr Francis Bacon, his speech at the arraignment of the Earl of Somerset" (p. 165-176, 3rd sequence) were first published in 1643 under title "The five years of King Iames, or, The condition of the state of England and the relation it had to other provinces", falsely ascribed on the title page to Fulke Greville; also doubtfully ascribed to Arthur Wilson (DNB). "The stationer to the impartial reader ... " (p. [10], 1st sequence), signed "Mi. Scintilla", notes: "you shall finde it had more progenitors then one or two, and that Truth it self hath been the best nurse, and that carefull gentleman G.W. [George Wither?] the worthy preserver of these ... originals."
"Mi. Scintilla" = Michael Sparke, to whom Wing attributes this work.
"Sir Jer. Elvis" = Sir Gervase Helwys.
Part 1 has caption title: A historical narration of the first xiv years of King James; Part 2 has title page: "Truth brought to light by time. The proceedings touching the divorce between the Lady Frances Howard, and Robert Earl of Essex", imprint: "London, Printed by R.C. for Michael Sparke, 1651"; Part 3 has title page: "An abstract ofr brief declaration of the present state of his Majesties revenew"; imprint: "London, Printed for M.S. 1651"; Part 4 has title page: "A true relation of the commissions and warrants for the condemnation and burning of Bartholomew Legatt and Thomas Withman [i.e. Edward Wightman]"; imprint: "London, Printed for Michael Spark, MDCLI"
Chiefly concerns the poisoning of Sir Thomas Overbury and its aftermath.
Edward Wightman incorrectly identified as "Thomas Withman" on title page of Part 4.
Part 3 "An abstract" may also have been issued separately in the same year. Cf. Wing A148.
Description: [12], 80, 92-192, [4], 72 [2], 18, [8] p., [1] folded leaf of plates : ports. (engravings) ; 19 cm. (4to)
Other Titles: Truth brought to light.
Truth brought to light by time. 1651
Trvth brought to light and discouered by time, or, A discourse and historicall narration of the first XIIII yeares of King Iames reigne
Truth brought to light and discovered by time, or, A discourse and historicall narration of the first XIIII yeares of King James reigne
First five years of King James, or, The condition of the state of England and the relation it had to other provinces.

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