First Edition. Very Good. Item #5107
[London]: N.p., 1675. Quarto; [xlii], 476pp. Rebacked brown leather with blindstamped borders and gilt lettering to spine. Covers bumped at corners with scuffing to leather (moreso to back). 6.5" diagonal tear across bottom of title page, with no loss. Page appears to have been removed preceding Stephen Crisp's "Testimony," and the first 20 or so pages show various distress at fore-edge or along gutter, but all are legible and both pages and binding are more clean and solid throughout. A few scattered instances of marginalia in an old hand. Binding is sound.
James Parnell [baptized 1636; martyred 1656] joined The Society of Friends after visiting Quaker founder George Fox in prison in 1653, and became an active preacher and writer in his mid teens. He was arrested after a debate with a local priest on the charge of being "idle and disorderly," and was imprisoned in a small hole twelve feet up in the wall of Colchester Castle, where he continued to write but died ten months later. This volume contains his writings, as well as introductory testimonials by Stephen Crisp, Samuel Cater, Thomas Bayles, and Ellis Hookes, who recounts Parnell's suffering and death.
This copy from the personal library of author, journalist, and language-maven William Safire, with his bookplate attached to front pastedown.