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A RELATION ...
A relation of two free conferences between Father L'Chese, and four considerable Jesuits, touching the present state of the affair of the Romanists in England, in order to the carrying on their great design. Sent in a letter from Paris, to a considerable popish lord in England.
[London]: printed in the year, 1680.
[4], 35, [1] p. ; 19.5 cm. (4º)

Anonymous. Preface dated 'Paris Feb. 4. 1679'. Page 33 is misnumbered 27. This would appear to be a copy of the 35-page edition without ornaments on the title-page; two other editions of the same year have 34 pages, one having the correct spelling of 'Father', the other having 'Fataer'. La Chaise (François d'Alix de La Chaise), the Jesuit confessor of King Louis XIV and target of anti-Jesuit satires such as Luxembourg aparu a Louis XIV, 1695 (q.v.) and Jean danse mieux que Pierre, Pierre danse mieux que Jean, ils dansent bien tous deux, 1719 (q.v.), was also the eponym of the celebrated cemetery at Mont-Louis in Paris, opened in 1804. The 'Four Considerable Jesuits' are George Coniers, Sir Thomas Preston, Henry Warren and John Warner. The position of the Jesuits suffered greatly in the aftermath of the fictitious 'Popish Plot' concocted by Titus Oates in 1678. ESTC r234129; Wing R893.

Copy Notes The final leaf (pp. 35, [1]) is present in the Soane copy as a slip, with the bottom two thirds of the leaf torn off prior to the binding. The signatures are misbound A, D, C, E producing the following order of pages: [4], 1--4, 21--28, 13--20, 5--12, 29--35, [1]. Bound (6) in a collection of 14 English political tracts relating to parliament with imprint dates between 1673 and 1682, inscribed in ink on the front pastedown Lee Warner.

Binding C17th sheep, blind-tooled borders and centre lozenge, later paper spine-label lettered in ink 'Parliament 1676' and octagonal paper library shelf-label lettered '102'.

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