CHARLES I. / GAUDEN, John, Bishop. Eikon Basilike. The Pourtraicture of His Sacred Majesty Kind Charles I. In his Solitudes and Sufferings: Together with a Character of the Royal Martyr. Dedicated to His Grace the Duke of Ormonde. The fiftieth edition. With engraved frontispiece, engraved plate of The Martydom of King Charles I on front pastedown and the Restauration of King Charles II before frontispiece. Also with folding plate of the King in prayer. Dublin: Re-printed for Edward Lloyd, and are to be Sold at the Oxmantown and Printing Coffee House in Church-Street, 1706. pp. , 188, . Contemporary full worn calf. With early signatures, including that of Richard Pue, dated 1706 on titlepage. Boards detached, some leaves including titlepage loose, browning to paper. Unique association copy.
ESTC T70193 with 9 locations. Sweeney 985 quoting an extremely rare Cork edition.
Tipped onto front endpaper is a note by Alexander Gardyne, Esq. of Richmond Road Hackney stating that “Mr. Solly who has a copy of this, says it contains ‘A list of the gentlemen who subscribed as an encouragement for printing this book’. Commencing with the Bishops of Kildare, Kilmore, Raphoe, Londonderry & Limerick – confirming my remark, that it was a Church Movement”. Also with another letter attached, commenting on the work.
Forty years after the King’s death, authorship of this work was still creating controversy. Arthur Annesley, the Earl of Anglesey was one Irish contributor to this debate. The most acceptable attribution is to credit Charles I with the drafting and Bishop John Gauden with the editing for the press. The poem “an epitaph upon King Charles” is signed I.H. Chapter 12 deals with the subject of “the rebellion, and troubles in Ireland”.
Richard Pue, the publisher of the noted eponymous eighteenth-century Dublin newsletter, founded ‘Dick’s Coffee House’ in Skinner Row in Dublin, sometime before July 1698. He was certainly active in book auctions by this time; John Dunton described him thus: “he is a witty and ingenious man, makes the best coffee in Dublin … and has a peculiar knack at bantering, and will make rhymes to any thing” [Dublin Scuffle (2000), 429]. Nothing is known for certain about his life before then.
Commencing publication of Impartial Occurences on 25 December 1703, in partnership with Edward Lloyd, the publisher of the present work, Pue edited the newspaper, sometimes with Lloyd, for the next three years. It then went into abeyance before being re-titled as Pue’s Occurences in February 1712, by which time it was in Pue’s sole ownership.
Pue was as much a printer, publisher and editor as a coffee-house proprietor. Dick’s and other such establishments were central to political and journalistic discourse during this period, serving as factional centres of gravity. Dick’s was known as a meeting place for defenders of the residual protestant Jacobite interest in early eighteenth-century Dublin. Robert Rochfort, MP and Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer, and his increasingly Tory circle were prominent patrons during the reign of Queen Anne. Pue alligned himself increasingly with anti-Jacobite Tories; his partnership with Lloyd, a noted Jacobite, might have been based on scarcely more than opportunity and business interests alone. During the first decade of the new century Pue became increasingly intolerant of Jacobite thinking and politics, informing on such meetings in his Coffee House to Dublin Castle and republishing various Tory polemical pamphlets. Briefly imprisoned (Feb. 1715) by the Irish House of Commons for insulting that body’s honour in print; he was again ordered into custody in November 1717, but fled to the Isle of Man, returning only after parliament was prorogued. Pue published Votes of the Irish house of commons in 1707 and 1709 and issued an edition of Swift’s Tale of a tub in 1705. Pue died some time before 10 May 1722 and was buried in St Nicholas Within; unusually for such a successful printer and publisher he was a member of the Dyers’ Guild, of which he was made a freeman in 1719, and not the Printers’ Guild.