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and places; as in one of the many tracts published with LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1857.

the design of bringing on the Restoration, it is stated to be printed for Charles Prince, and are to be sold at the

east end of St. Paul's.' A fourth method of disguising OUR NEW VOLUME,

the imprint referred to the time, which was characterised A Happy New Year to You Gentle Readers, Valued by some remarkable political or religious feature of the Contributors, Kind Friends! Seven times have we thus period : as in a tract relating to the impeachment of the

iwelve Bishops, the date is printed in the new yeare of greeted You at the opening Year; and never with greater

the Bishops feare: Anno Dom. 1642.' A fifth sort of heartiness and sincerity than on this 3rd of January, spurious imprint may be noticed, as expressing some 1857.

kind of concealed authority for the publication of the For seven years have We now, with your assistance,

work; an instance of which may be given from the titlebeen digging in the wide fields of Literature and History page of a tract written in vindication of the proceedings

of the parliamentary army under Sir Thomas Fairfax, for the golden grains of Truth. With what success may which is dated Oxford, printed by J. H. and H. H., and be learned, not only from our own fourteen goodly volumes, commanded to be published for the information of the but from the acknowledgments of many a scholar. oppressed Commons of England, 1647.'We are proud of such testimonies to our usefulness.

1. “ De Vera Obedientia, by Bishop Gardiner. Printed They are a reward for our past labours—a stimulus to in- in Rome before the Castle of St. Angelo, at the Signe of creased exertions. And so-A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO St. Peter, 1553."

2. “The Schollar's Purgatory Discovered in the Stationers' Commonwealth. Imprinted for the Ilonest Stationers, n. d.”

3. « The Reasonable Motion in the Behalfe of such of Nates.

the Clergie as are now questioned in Parliament for their Places. Printed in the Unfortunate Yeare to Priests,

1641." Books which have been secretly printed are

4. “ Mercurie's Message, a Poem addressed to the late generally indicated by some disguised imprint;

Famous now Infamous Arch-bishop William [Laud) of generally metaphorically expressing the senti? | Canterbury. Printed in the Yeare of our Prelate's Feare, ments of the party from whence they emanated. 5. “ England's Petition to their King. Printed on the A valuable paper on these imprints has been given Day of Jucob's trouble, and to make way, in hope, for its by your learned correspondent J. O., in the First Deliverance out of it, May 5th, 1643.” Series of “N. & Q.” (ix. 143.); and a continua

6. “England's Third Alarme to Warre. London, tion from the same pen would, I feel assured, be printed for Thomas Underhill, in the Second Yeare of the

Beast's wounding, warring against the Lamb and those that most gladly welcomed by your numerous readers. ure with him; called, chosen, and faithfull, 1643.". My note-book contains a few jottings of this kind, 7. “ The Citie's Warning Piece, in the Malignant's which I have written out, in the hopes that others Description and Conversion [relating to the Siege of will follow my example and contribute their mite Cirencester,]. Printed in the Yeere that every Knave and

Fool turned Cavaleere (1643].” towards forming a more perfect collection of

8. “ One Argument more against the Cavaliers. Printed "remarkable imprints.” I cannot do better than in the Yeare when Men thinke what they list, and speake preface my brief list by a note from the Intro- and write what they think, 1643." duction to the second volume of the Catalogue of Printed (unless Men be more carefull

, and God the more

9. “Plain English, a Tract written by Edward Bowles. the London Institution :

merciful,) the last Year of Liberty, 1643.” “ Books which have been secretly produced from the 10. “ Mar Priest, Son of Old Martin; the Arraignment press are generally indicated by some peculiarity in the of Mr. Persecution presented to the Consideration of the im print and date, the usual information of which is either House of Commons, and all the Common People. Europe, disguised or altogether omitted; and such imprints ap- printed by Martin Clawe-Clergie, Printer to the Reverend pear to exhibit principally the following varieties. The Assembly of Divines, for Bartholomew Bang-Priest, and first, which is the most numerous, includes such books as are to be sould at his Shop in Toleration Street, 1645." have simply the words “printed at London,' or 'printed 11. “ The Kentish Fayre, or the Parliament sold to in the year, or · Anno Domini,' or occasionally some their best worth. Printed at Rochester, and are to be sold indefinite initials, as printed by A. B. for C. D.' to all those that dare to buy them, 1648." Another practice was the disguising of the name of the 12. “ The Cookoo's Nest at Westminster; or the Parplace whereat the work was printed, under a translated liament between the Two Lady-birds, Queen Fairfax and form, or a title purely fictitious, as • Eleutheropolis;' or Lady Cromwell. Printed in Cuckoo-time, in a Hollow it was occasionally falsified by the substitution of one Tree, 1648.” place for another, or by the insertion of a nation for a 13. “ The Hunting of the Foxes from New-Market city. * * A third kind of disguised imprint consists of a and Triploe-heath to White-hall by Five small Beagles. metaphorical expression of the sentiments of the party Printed in a Corner of Freedome, right opposite the Councel publishing the tract; as in the instance of a pamphlet of Warre, Anno Domini 1649.". issued against the engagement of fidelity to the Common- 14. “ Lieut.-Col. Lilburne's Liberties of the People of wealth, as being contrary to the terms of the Solemn England asserted and vindicated. Printed in the Grand League and Covenant, the imprint is · London, printed | Yeere of Dissimulation, 1649." by the Company of Covenant-keepers dwelling in 15. "The Second Part of the Tragi-Comely called Great Britain. În this species of imprint, the allusion Newmarket-Fayre, or Mrs. Parliament's new Figaryes. was sometimes concealed under apparently real names Printed at you may go Look, 1649."

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