A Machavillian Plot, or, A Caution for England,

HEATH Robert (1642)


Presented in a time when Princes were so pious, and judges durst bee valiant to declare against unhonest slaverie.


First and Only Edition. Small 4to (177 x 144mm). [2], 13, [1] pp. Very small piece torn from the lower blank corner of B3 but otherwise very clean and crisp. 20th-century mottled calf by Riviere, spine tooled and lettered in gilt , marbled endleaves, yellow edges (joints very slightly rubbed, upper joint starting to split).


London: [no printer], 1642

Wing H1339. 


Rumours of "false seditious and pestilent Discourse".


The text is a letter to Charles I (dated November 1629) and signed by Heath as Attorney General warning of "rumours against your Majestie" and that an unknown person has written "a false seditious and pestilent Discourse" concerning the King's revenue and the balance of power between Government and Monarch. Heath suggests various methods for strengthening the King's authority over his people including building more castles and fortifying the major roads "to constraine the passangers to Travell through them". 


The second section discusses the financial position of the King and carefully acknowledges "the great expenses that Princes have now a dayes more then in time past to mayntaine their owne greatnesse and safety of their subjects". Heath suggests a number of solutions to increase the King's revenue promising "to make you the richest King that ever England had".


Provenance: Bought by Maggs Bros in February 1964. 

Stock Code: 229818

close zoom-in zoom-out close zoom