4to, pp. ; modern pen inscriptions; modern green cloth.
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A Declaration of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, with their resolution that if Captaine Catesby, Captaine Lilborne, Captaine Vivers, on any others, which are or shall be taken prisoners, by his Majesties army, shall be put to death … the like punishment shall be inflicted … upon such prisoners, as have bin or shall bee taken by the forces raised by authority of both Houses of Parliament …
First edition, the scarcer of two printings (10 in ESTC), with a border of printer’s tools on the title-page.
When Parliament voted to raise an Army in July 1642, Lilburne quickly enlisted in Lord Brook’s troop as a captain of infantry, fighting at Edgehill in October before he was captured defending Brentford in November. Royalist plans to try him and other prisoners for treason were halted with the present declaration threatening lex talionis – his wife delivered the message to the court in Oxford and in May 1643 he was exchanged for royalist prisoners.
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