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A Bibliography Of The King's Book Or, Eikon Basilike [Review Copy]

HOWE, Susan

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ISBN 10: 0945926138 / ISBN 13: 9780945926139
Published by Paradigm Press, Providence, RI, 1989
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First Printing, one of only 1000 copies. Tall, slim 8vo: 31 leaves (unpaginated). Publisher's gunmetal grey cloth, spine lettered in silver gilt, cream-colored pictorial dust jacket priced $13.00. As new, virtually pristine and unread, with review slip laid in; Fine jacket, barely dust-soiled. Like many of Howe's poems, this one is layered with historical, mythical, and iconographic references grounded in her preoccupation with investigations of the past and with her own relationship to history. The poem is also one of her most visually (typographically) experimental works. The full title of the king's book, Eikon Basilike ("Royal Portrait"), is The Pourtrature of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings, and it purported to be the spiritual autobiography of Charles I of England, published February 9, 1649, ten days after the was beheaded by Parliament in the aftermath of the English Civil War. But it is debatable whether Charles actually wrote the book; after the Restoration, John Gauden, bishop of Worcester, claimed responsibility, and scholars have tended to support his claim. Whoever wrote it, the poem's author was such an effective and persuasive stylist that Parliament commissioned John Milton to write a riposte, which was published under the title Eikonoklastes ("The Icon-Breaker") that same year. Milton's response sought to portray the image of Charles, and the absolute monarchy he aspired to, as idols, claiming a reverence due only to God, and therefore justly overthrown to preserve the law of God. All of these elements apparently fascinated Howe and inspired her poem. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0842

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Title: A Bibliography Of The King's Book Or, Eikon ...

Publisher: Paradigm Press, Providence, RI

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Susan Howe continues to explore the historiocity of text, this time motivated by Edward Almack's bibliography of a book purportedly written by King Charles I just prior to his execution. A text at the vortex of a country's violent experiment with regicide serves Howe's imagination & her exquisite on-going examination of language.

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