In Answer to a Book Intitul'd Eikon Basilike, the Portracture of his Sacred Majesty King Charles the First in his Solitudes and Sufferings.
Third edition of Milton's justification for the execution of Charles I, which had taken place on 30 January 1649. The book's title is taken from the Greek, and means "Iconoclast" or "breaker of the icon", and refers to Eikon Basilike, a Royalist propaganda work. The translation of Eikon Basilike is "icon of the King"; it was published immediately after the execution. Milton's book is therefore usually seen as Parliamentarian propaganda, explicitly designed to counter the Royalist arguments.
Amsterdam: [n.p.], 1690. Bound in contemporary dark brown calf, covers blind ruled with decorations in corder, raised bands to spine; this variant contains the separate unsigned leaf bound preceding the title page which contains "An advertisement" and a "Memorandum" by the earl of Anglesey supporting the claim that John Gauden, and not Charles I, was the author of the "EikÅ n"; (xvi), 207, [1 Contents], 2 blank leaves at rear. Binding remains sturdy, although covers and spine show wear, bookplate to front pastedown, discoloration to pastedowns, it appears a first blank has been excised, foxing and toning internally, last blank shows a few scissor cuts. Overall, internally generally clean. Scarce.