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BEDLOE, William (1650--1680)
A narrative and impartial discovery of the horrid Popish plot: carried on for the burning and destroying the cities of London and VVestminster, with their suburbs, &c. Setting forth the several consults, orders and resolutions of the Jesuites, &c. concerning the same. And divers depositions and informations, relating thereunto. Never before printed. By Capt. William Bedloe. Lately engaged in that horrid design, and one of the popish committee for carrying on such fires.
London: printed for Robert Boulter, John Hancock, Ralph Smith, and Benjamin Harris, 1679.
[12], 27, [1] p., [1] engr. port. ; 30.8 cm. (2°)

With a preliminary imprimatur leaf which reads: 'I do Appoint Robert Boulter, John Hancock, Ralph Smith and Benjamin Harris Booksellers ... To Print this my Narrative and Impartial Discovery concerning the Fires of London, &c. And that no Others Print the same. [Signed:] William Bedloe'. Caption title on B1r reads: 'A Narrative Of The Popes late Fire-Works In England'. Bedloe was involved with Titus Oates in the Popish Plot, a fictitious Catholic conspiracy to assassinate Charles II which led to multiple trials and executions between 1678 and 1681. Wing B1677; ESTC R11047.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting engraved portrait of the author. Bound (24) and last after Albert Durer revived, [1685?] (q.v.) in a volume of tracts dated between 1679 and 1702 including Oates' Exact and faithful narrative of the horrid conspiracy ... to invalidate the testimonies of Dr. Titus Oates, and Mr. William Bedlow, 1680 (q.v.), with the armorial bookplate of Thomas Pelham Hood, of Spring-Mount in the County of Antrim, Esq, and the front free-endpaper inscribed in ink R. Reynolds.

Binding Early C18th sheep, blind-ruled and blind-tooled borders, gilt double-ruled spine, later green spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Collection / Of / Tracts'. Later numbered '61' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 5674


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