London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
TWYN, John (c.1619-1664). An Exact Narrative of the Tryal and Condemnation of John Twyn, for Printing and Dispersing of a Treasonable Book. London: Thomas Mabb for Henry Brome, 1664. 4° (190 x 135mm). With the final blank. (Some spotting and browning, faint marginal dampstaining.) Modern blue quarter morocco and blue cloth boards. Provenance: small label and shelf-marks on the title.
FIRST EDITION. Twyn was executed for publishing A Treatise of the Execution of Justice (1663), a pamphlet advocating the ousting of the 'bloody and oppressing' house of Stuart. Twyn’s co-conspirators, Thomas Brewster, bookseller, Simon Dover, printer, and Nathan Brooks, bookbinder, were pilloried and fined. Most of the witnesses, and half the jurors, were drawn from the trade. As a result the whole trial is of considerable bibliographical interest. Wing E-3668.
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