King Charles his welcome home,

BOND John (1641)



or a Congratulation of all his loving Subjects in thankefulnesse to God for his Majesties safe and happie returne from Scotland.


Small 4to (175 x 130mm). [2], 4 pp., woodcut portrait of Charles I on the title-page; leaves disbound and carefully mounted on stubs; original stab stitching holes in the inner margins, evenly browned throughout, lower margin closely cropped (cutting into and almost entirely deleting the final line of text on each leaf and the catchword). Bound in modern parchment-backed boards, spine lettered in black ink. 


London: printed by F.L. for T. Bates, and F. Coules, [1641]

Wing B3579 seven locations in the UK; Folger, Huntington, University of Illinois and Private Collection (this copy) only in the USA.


A rare verse celebration, by a Cambridge student, of Charles I's visit to Scotland in 1641.


In August 1641 Charles set out on a fifteen week visit to Scotland to finalise the Treaty of London which had ended the Bishops' Wars by conceding significant concessions to the Scottish Parliament. The return of Charles to Scotland was intended to be a celebration of the new relationship between the two kingdoms but tensions were still apparent and "The Incident" - an attempt to kidnap a number of Scottish noble men who were prominent figures in the Presbyterian faction - further weakened the relationship and marked the beginning of renewed hostilities and, ultimately, the King's execution in 1649.


This celebratory poem though images a triumphant return and the solid union of the British Isles"


"Fountain of peace! From thee doth daily spring

A Concord, that doth decorate a King,

And Most discreetly doth distill throughout

Three Kingdomes re-united round about.

Thou dost afford each subject peace, and then 

They like to rivers doe returne agen

To the great Ocean of their peace..." (p.2).


ESTC misattributes this pamphlet to the John Bond (1612-1676) who was educated at St Catherine's College Cambridge and in 1645 was admitted as one of the two MP's for Melcome Regis, Dorset. Bond was also made master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge in the same year. 


It is far more likely that this pamphlet is the work of the John Bond who was admitted to St John's in October 1639 (aged 17) and was the son of Thomas Bond of Bury, Suffolk. Bond was ordained deacon of Norwich in March 1643-4. Bond was also most likely the author of Englands reioycing for the Parliaments returne (Wing B3578) another verse celebration also attributed to the John Bond of St Catherine's College by ESTC and printed and sold by the same printer and bookseller and with the same woodcut portrait on the title-page.


The only copy of this pamphlet recorded on Rare Book Hub was sold at Sotheby's in 1967 where it was noted that the only known copy sold before then was the Britwell copy in 1923. 


Provenance: Albert Kirby Fairfax, 12th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1870-1939), armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. 


Stock Code: 55047

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