The KINGS CABINET OPENED Or CERTAIN PACKETS Of SECRET LETTERS & PAPERS Written with the Kings own Hand and taken in his Cabinet at Nasby-Field June 14. 1645. By Victorious Sr. Thomas Fairfax.; Wherein many mysteries of State, tending to the Justification of that Cause, for which Sir Thomas Fairfax joyned battell that memorable day are clearly laid open; Together, with some Annotations thereupon. Published by Speciall [sic] Order of the Parliment.
London: Printed for Robert Bostock, dwelling in Pauls Church
yard, at the Signe of the Kings-Head, 1645. 1st edition (Madan 1790 - 1791; McAlpin II, p. 356; Wing C-2358). , 56 pp. As is often the case, lacks the errata leaf, termed by Madan as "very rare". This copy with 2 leaves bound-in at front, with 3 pp of mss discussing/copying a letter from Charles to the Pope, "recorded by Andrew de Chesue Chronographer to the King of France Printed at Paris Cum Privelegio in his History of England &c p. 509 & 510 Last Edition & acknowleged by M. Howell & Others. The letter then follows, and finishing with a concluding paragraph wherein this individual opins "This letter ... [is] the very root of all our present wars ... resolves us what Protection of ye Protestant Religion we mush now expect from himselfe & ye asmd Catholick party to wch he adhears & more he hear resolved to suffer but one Religeon (to wit ye Roman Catholiks) only ...." 4to: A - H4 [-A1, a blank]. 7" x 5-1/4". Bound in later, albeit probably late 17th, early 18th C, marbled paper wrappers. Wrappers well worn, with marbled portion along spine lacking. Age-toning & wear to text paper. A Good copy of this rare survivor. Item #50426
"after the King's defeat at Naseby on June 14 many of the private copies of his letters, as well as original letters to him, fell into the victor's hands, and a selection is here printed to show the King's real views and double dealing. ... There are twenty letters from the King to the Queen, and five from her to him, and several about the Uxbridge negotiations." [Madan]
Madan further notes Thomason as crediting the annotations to Henry Parker, as aided by John Sadler and Thomas May; the 3's involvement echoed by McAlpin [citing the DNB].
This pamphlet known in several states: this one with letters assigned Roman numerals.
While very well represented in institutional holdings, this critical pamphlet detailing the King's duplicity, is somewhat uncommon in the commercial market. This copy especially noteworthy for the social commentary recorded by an owner of the period.