18 December 2003
More Warning Yet. Being a True Relation of a Strange and most Dreadful Apparition which has been seen in the Air By several persons at Hull, the third day of this present Septemb. 1654. Namely, Two Great Battels Fought in the Air: One Army coming from the East, and Another out of the North-West. With the maner of their Engagement and Victory. London: J. Cottrel, .
Small 4o (184 x 137 mm). 6pp. (Some light soiling.) Nineteenth-century green half morocco, edges gilt.
FIRST EDITION. The text recounts how on 3 September 1654, "a day not only remarkable for two notable & famous Victories which the English had over the Scots... but observable also, as to be the day appointed for the sitting of this Parliament: between nine and ten of the clock at night, there was seen by James Cook, Corporal, Thomas Blossome, and Edward See, all souldiers belonging to the Garison of Hull, this strange and unwonted apparition... On a sudden the skie seemed to be of a fiery colour, and to cast forth many streams. Whereupon, Thomas Blossome observing the strangeness of the thing, began to tell the other two, how he had seen the very like appearance a little after the sitting of the first Parliament; and after such fiery streams, a great Battel of horse and foot appeared in the air..." The 3rd of September was in fact a significant day in Parliament: it was on this day that the republican party questioned the pre-eminence of Oliver Cromwell. Some nine days later Cromwell ordered the execution of those members of Parliament which had been hostile to him. Scarce: ESTC lists only the copy at the British Library and no copies have appeared at auction in at least 30 years. Wing M2717.
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