(GUNPOWDER PLOT). (GARNETT, Henry). ~ Le Procès de Henri Garnet, provincial des Iesuites d’Angleterre. Executé à mort en la ville de Londres, le XXVIII. iour de mars 1606, tourné mot à mot de l’anglois, en gardant les noms propres, & les termes du langage, pour mieux en representer la verité, Plus, le bannissement des moines, prestres, Iesuites, seminaires, & leurs semblables hors d’Royaume de la grand Bretagne [n.p., n.d.] ‘Imprimé l’an M.D.C.VII.’ [ 1607].
8vo (156 × 100 mm), pp. 36. Typographical ornament to title and to head of text. Small hole to title (a capital‘T’ having punched through the paper), last leaf lacking extreme lower forecorner. Bound with numerous blanks in late nineteenth century half morocco, spine lettered in gilt. Old bookseller’s notice pasted to front pastedown, early inscription ‘J. G. Camusat’ to foot of last page. A very good copy.
In early March 1606 the Jesuit Garnett was charged with complicity in the Gunpowder Plot and tortured. His trial in the Guildhall began on 28 March, where he was found guilty and was executed on 3 May 1606. Garnett had trained at Rome, but returned to England in 1586 as part of the network of Catholic priests ministering privately and secretly to the faithful, for a short time he also supervised a secret printing press. Whether he was in any way complicit with Fawkes and his co-cospiritors is highly questionable, but he was victim to the frenzied search for possible associates after the plot was uncovered.
This is account of his trial and execution in French; an exceptionally rare continental imprint. An edition bearing the date 1606 (with 45 pages) is also recorded (Sommervogel XI, col. 1705, n° 17) but are known in a handful of copies across the two editions.