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Opera Omnia quae Extant, ATHANASIUS, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria
1 ATHANASIUS, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria Opera Omnia quae Extant
1698 Leather Book 3 Large folio volumes, 27.8 x 42.5cm. Paris, France 
Montfaucons Monumental Greek & Latin Edition of Athanasius Works, 2 vols bound in 3, large folios, Paris, 1698


ATHANASIUS, Saint, Patriarch of Alexandria. Opera Omnia quae Extant vel qua ejus nomine Circumferuntur, Ad mss. codices Gallicanos, Vaticanos, &c. necnon ad Commelinianas lectiones castigata, multis aucta: nova interpretatione, Prafationibus, Notis, variis lectionibus illustrata: nova Sancti Doctoris vita Onomastico, & copiosissimis Indicibus locupletata. Opera & studio Monachorum Ordinis S. Benedicti e Congregatione Sancti Mauri. Tomi Primi pars Prima. [woodcut fleur-de-lys within wreath printer's device] Parisiis, Sumptibus Joannis Anisson Typographia Regia Directoris. M.DC.XCVIII. [1698] Cum Privilegio Regis. 3 Large folio volumes, 27.8 x 42.5cm.

3 vols bound full leather with raised bands, gilt morocco title and volume labels but lacking two of the title labels, corners chipped from one volume label, the one remaining title label has the left fifth of the label chipped away, volumes sometime rebacked but with leather again split along all hinges, vol. 1 pt. 1 front cover attached by 3 of 6 cord and rear cover by 5 cords, vol. 1 pt 2 front cover attached by 4 cords and rear cover by 4 cords, vol. 2 all 6 cords still attached, leather rubbed and scuffed with small check marks in surface of leather, spine ends chipped away, worn through leather at corners, red page edges, light dampstains scattered in places along the bottom margin of vol. 1, 19th century library bookplate on front paste-down endpapers, small green-blue 19th century bookseller's tag of "J. Leslie 58 Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. Libraries purchased." Light soiling of first title page, light foxing. Woodcut head & tailpieces.

Collation, Vol. 1: (2) unsigned leaves, *4, **2, a-f4, a-x4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, AAa-ZZz4, AAaa-LLll4, MMmm3; title leaf, MMmm2, NNnn-ZZzz4, AAAaa-ZZZzz4, AAAaaa-ZZZzzz4, AAAAaaa-ZZZZzzz4, AAAAaaaa-CCCCcccc4, DDDDdddd-LLLLllll2. Vol. 2: a-b4, A-Z4, Aa-Cc4, Dd-Zz2, AAa-ZZz2, AAAa-ZZzz2, AAAaa-ZZZzz2, AAAaaa-ZZZzzz2, AAAAaaa-XXXXxxx2, ZZZZzzz4, AAAAaaaa-CCCCcccc4, DDDDdddd2. Pagination, Vol. I: (1) half-title page, (1) blank, (1) title, (1) blank,(5) epistola, (7) contents, [i]-xlvii prefatio, (1) blank, [i]-clxv Vita S. Athanasii, (1) errata tomi I., clxvii-clxvii in duos contra gentes, [1]-645 text, (1) blank; (1) title, (1) blank, 645-646 monitum..., (1) title, (1) blank. [647]-1295, (48) indexes, (1) blank. Vol. II: (1) title, (1) blank, [iii]-[x] præfatio, (6) contents etc., [1]-742, (33) indexes etc., (1) blank. LACKING THE PORTRAIT facing the title of Vol. I. Nice map of Egypt facing p. xlii of Vol. I.

This work was edited by Bernard de Montfaucon 1655-1741, French scholar and critic. He was called to Paris in 1687 to work on editions of Athanasius and Chrysostom. "Athanasius Opera Omnia, still the best edition of that Father, was issued with a biography and critical notes in 1698."--Ency. Britannica, 11th ed., 18:780. "The monumental edition of the works of St. Athanasius on which he laboured with Dom Pouget and Dom Lopin, appeared in 1698 and was well received (3 vols., folio, Paris, reproduced in P.G., XXV-XXVIII)... The thoroughly scientific bent of Montfaucon's mind led him to elaborate a new auxiliary science out of the studies he had made for the verification of his Greek texts... Montfaucon was the father of Greek palæography, the principles of which he established by the rigour of his method in grouping his personal observations."--Catholic Ency. (c1911) X:540.

Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria (circa 296-373) "By his refusal to compromise with Arianism, he incurred the enmity of the powerful Arianizing party in the reigns of Constantine and Constantius." During his turbulent career he was deposed and banished 5 times. "Before c.318, while still in his twenties, he wrote two short treatises, the second of them the famous `De Incarnatione'...As bishop he was the greatest and most consistent theological opponent of Arianism. From 339 to 359 he wrote a series of works in defence of the faith proclaimed at Nicaea--viz. the true deity of God the Son--both meeting the Arians in theological controversy and exposing the tricks of their ecclesiastical politics. From about 361 onwards he especially sought the reconciliation of the large semi-Arian party to the Nicene term homoousios (`of one substance'), which they were reluctant to accept. The Council of Alexandria (362), under his direction, greatly furthered this end... He was also concerned to uphold the deity of the Holy Spirit and the full manhood of Christ against Macedonian and Apollinarian tendencies. As the friend of the monks Pachomius and Serapion, and the biographer of Antony, he aided the ascetic movement in Egypt and he was the first to introduce knowledge of monasticism to the West. His resolute character as well as his theology was the outstanding obstacle to the triumph of Arianism in the East."--Cross: Oxford Dict. Christian Church, p99.
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Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History.  In Ten Centuries.  Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life., BACON, FRANCIS.
2 BACON, FRANCIS. Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History. In Ten Centuries. Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life.
Francis Bacon: Sylva Sylvarum, 7th Edition, London, 1658 1648 7th Edition Early leather, rebacked w/ raised bands Bound early calf boards with three fillets in blind around edges, sometime rebacked in the last 20 years in leather with raised bands, recornered, original leather scuffed with some chips & cracks at edges, early 20th century endpapers pasted over earlier endpapers and on the front cover and old piece of paper with a bookplate cut out pasted over the newer endpaper, archival handmade paper sometime pasted over inside hinges, worm damage in pp209-216 affecting 3 to 4 letters on each page, light foxing. Small folio, 19.7 x 29.8 x 3cm. London 
BACON, FRANCIS. Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History. In Ten Centuries. Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life. Both Written by the Right Honourable Francis Lo. Verulam Viscount St. Alban. Published after the Authors Death, By William Ravvley Doctor in Divinity one of his Majesties Chaplains. Hereunto is now added and Alphabetical Table of the Principall thing contained in the ten Centuries. The Seventh Edition. London, Printed for William Lee, and are to be sold by Thomas Williams at the Bible in Little-Britain, and William Place at Grays-Inne Gate in Holburn, 1658. Small folio, 19.7 x 29.8 x 3cm. $975.00

Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Albans (1561-1626) "British philosopher, statesman and early advocate of the scientific method. He was also an important essayist. Successively attorney-general, lord keeper and lord chancellor, he was forced to resign his offices in 1621 when found guilty of corruption. None of this interrupted his efforts to break the hold of Aristotelian logic and establish an inductive empiricism."--"Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Albans." World Encyclopedia. 2005. Encyclopedia.com. 26 Jan. 2015 . "Bacon's contribution to philosophy was his application of the inductive method of modern science. He urged full investigation in all cases, avoiding theories based on insufficient data.... Today his contributions are regarded with considerable respect."--"Bacon, Francis (English philosopher and statesman)." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2014. Encyclopedia.com. 26 Jan. 2015 . "Two main strands can be distinguished in Bacon's impact on the Western philosophical tradition. First, his theory of scientific method in general, and induction in particular, was much commented on in subsequent epistemological debate. Second, and more important, Bacon's impact on Western philosophy is to be found in the ideological part of his philosophy--the active ethos with which he infused modern science."

"During his last years Bacon composed his utopia, the New Atlantis, and a natural historical work entitled Sylva sylvarum, meaning a collection of collections, a miscellany of subjects. It is a vast compilation of one thousand paragraphs consisting of extracts from many books and Bacon's own experiments and observations. The New Atlantis is a description of an island society and its scientific community: Salomon's House. In it Bacon developed ideas which he had outlined thirty years earlier in the early 1590s. The aim of the Salomon's House was nothing less than `the knowledge of Causes, and secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the bounds of Human Empire, to the effecting of all things possible' (Works, 3.156).... The Sylva sylvarum and the New Atlantis were posthumously published in the same volume in 1626."--Markku Peltonen, `Bacon, Francis, Viscount St Alban (1561-1626)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2007 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/990, accessed 26 Jan 2015]

Examples of the 1000 experiments in Sylva Sylvarum: Of Separations of Bodies Liquid by weight; Of Magnitude, Exility, and Damps of Sounds; Of Infectious Diseases; Of Exercise of the Bodie, And the Benefits, or Evils thereof; Of Clarification of Liquours, and the Accelerating thereof; Of Accelerating or Hastening forward Germination; Of Making Herbs and Fruits Medicinable; Of the different Heats of Fire and Boyling Water; Of the Hiccouchs; Of the Insecta, or Creatures bred of Putrefaction; Of Sweat; Of some Prognosticks of Hard Winters; Of certain Medicines that condense and relieve the Spirits; of the Causes of Apetite in the Stomach; Of the Super-Reflexion of Eccho's; Of Maleficiating; etc.

Bound early calf boards with three fillets in blind around edges, sometime rebacked in the last 20 years in leather with raised bands, recornered, original leather scuffed with some chips & cracks at edges, early 20th century endpapers pasted over earlier endpapers and on the front cover and old piece of paper with a bookplate cut out pasted over the newer endpaper, archival handmade paper sometime pasted over inside hinges, worm damage in pp209-216 affecting 3 to 4 letters on each page, light foxing.

There is an engraved portrait of Bacon facing an engraved title depicting the "Mundus Intellectualis." The engraved title is dated 1651 with the imprint: London Printed for W.Lee and are to be sould at the Great Turks head next to the Mytre Tauerne in Fleetstreet. Engr. title signed: "Tho: Cecill Sculp:" Printed title printed within double rules. Woodcut initials and headpieces.

Collation: frontipiece leaf facing title, engraved title page, A4, (a)4, B-T6, V-Y4; A-B2, C-K4; A4, b-e4. Pagination: (1) printed title, (1) blank, (2) dedication to Prince Charles, (3) To the Reader, (7) Table of Experiments, (2) Books printed for William Lee, 1-218 text, (1) table of chief matters (index), (1) blank, (1) Receipt for the Gout, (1) blank; (1) title: Hist. Life & Death, (1) blank, (1) to the reader, (1) To the present Age, (3) preface, 1-64; (1) half-title New Atlantis, (1) blank, (1) To the Reader, (1) blank, 1-36 (p. 35 misnumbered 21). Second title page reads: History Natural and Experimental of Life and Death. or Of the Prolongation of Life. Written in Latine by the Right Honourable Francis Lord Verulam, Vis-Count Saint Alban. London, Printed for William Lee, and Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at their Shops. 1658. There is a divisional title for New Atlantis, without imprint. Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), B328. ESTC Citation No. R27204.
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The Anatomy of Melancholy.  What it is, With all the kinds causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & seuerall cures of it.  In three Partitions, with severall Sections, members & subsections.  Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically opened & cut up., BURTON, ROBERT.
3 BURTON, ROBERT. The Anatomy of Melancholy. What it is, With all the kinds causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & seuerall cures of it. In three Partitions, with severall Sections, members & subsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically opened & cut up.
Robert Burton The Antaomy of Melancholy, 6th Edition, London, 1652 1652 6th Edition Bound in early leather boards, sometime rebacked  worn down round corners re-cornered round, covers a bit rough, later endpapers (late 19th cent?)--lacking front free endpaper, first 5 leaves with worn pages edges and small short tears in edges, ink spots on half-title and title leaves, light foxing--heavier near page edges, large damp stain in bottom outside corner throughout. Small folio, 19.6 x 28.7 x 5.7cm. London Two inscriptions on front flyleaf: "Francis Jenks
BURTON, ROBERT. The Anatomy of Melancholy. What it is, With all the kinds causes, symptomes, prognostickes, & seuerall cures of it. In three Partitions, with severall Sections, members & subsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically opened & cut up. By Democritus Junior. With a Satyrical Preface Conducing to the following Discourse. The Sixt. Edition, corrected and augmented by the Author. Omne tulit jzunctum. qui miscuit utile dulci. London Printed & are to be sold by Hen: Crips & Lodo: Lloyd at their Shop in Popes head alley, 1652. Small folio, 19.6 x 28.7 x 5.7cm. $1,250.00

Robert Burton (1577-1640). "Robert Burton went up to Oxford in 1593 and in 1599 was elected to a studentship at Christ Church where he lived for the rest of his life... his masterpiece was The Anatomy of Melancholy, first published in quarto in 1621 and reprinted in folio in 1624, 1628, 1632, 1651, 1652, 1660 and 1676... the sixth [edition] was printed posthumously from a copy containing his last corrections.... Burton had read much, and all that he had read, or nearly all, was refined and incorporated in the Anatomy... The Anatomy, as its publishing history shows, was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour--and its pedantry--are there. It has something common with Brant's 'Ship of Fools (37), Erasmus's "Praise of Folly" (43), and More's Utopia (47), with Rabelais and Montaigne (95), and like all these it exercised a considerable influence on the thought of the time. Dr. Johnson deeply admired it, and Charles Lamb's often and strongly expressed devotion, served to rescue the Anatomy from a brief period of oblivion; its admirers will continue to read and re-read it."--John Carter & Percy H. Muir, eds.: Printing and the Mind of Man, #120, p.73.

Bound in early leather boards, sometime rebacked with portions of original spine strip laid over new leather, worn down round corners re-cornered round, covers a bit rough, later endpapers (late 19th cent?)--lacking front free endpaper, first 5 leaves with worn pages edges and small short tears in edges, ink spots on half-title and title leaves, light foxing--heavier near page edges, large damp stain in bottom outside corner throughout.

Engraved title page signed "C Le Blon fe." Woodcut initial letters & woodcut head & tailpieces. "The Argument of the Frontispiece" on the verso of the half-title faces the title, explaining the various scenes on the engraved title. Two inscriptions on front flyleaf: "Francis Jenks Bought in Newyork, May 1821" and "800/100 Morill[?] Wyman Cambridge 1842."

Collation: half-title leaf, engraved title leaf, §2-4, A-K4, A6, B-R4, S6, T-Z4, Aa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Eeee4, Ffff2, Gggg-Zzzz4, Aaaaa4. Pagination: (1) half title, (1) key to frontis., (1) engraved title, (1) blank, (1) dedication, (2) Democritus, (2) author's abstract, 1-78 Dem. to the Reader, (2) Lectori, (4) Synopsis, 1-97, 96-140, p. 141 not numbered, p. 142 misnumbered 128, 143 & 144 not numbered, then 141-454 [i.e., 218], (4) Synopsis, 216[i.e. 219]-402, (3) Analysis 3rd part, 406-574, then Dddd1-4 are numbered 575-578 by the leaf not the page with Dddd1-3 numbered on the recto and D4 numbered on the verso, the pagination begins again on Eeee1 recto with p. 579-723, (1) blank, (9) table, (1) blank. Page 112 misnumbered 122, 123 m/n 113, 189 m/n 190, 218 m/n 454, 219 m/n 216, 296 m/n 292, 311 not numbered, 336 not numbered, 434 not numbered, 659 m/n 651. Online ESTC Citation #R27822. Wing B6182.

Colophon on bottom of final leaf: Printed by R.W. for Henry Cripps of Oxford, and are to be sold by Andrew Crook in Pauls Church-yard, and by Henry Cripps and Lodowick Lloyd in Popes-head Ally. 1651.
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A Collection of Articles, Injunction, Canon, Orders, Ordinances and Constitutions Ecclesiastical, With other Publick Record of the Church of England, Chiefly in the Times of K. Edward VI> Q. Elizabeth, K. James, K. Charles I.  Published to Vindicate the Church of England, and to promote Uniformity and Peace in the same., CHURCH OF ENGLAND; ANTHONY SPARROW, comp.
4 CHURCH OF ENGLAND; ANTHONY SPARROW, comp. A Collection of Articles, Injunction, Canon, Orders, Ordinances and Constitutions Ecclesiastical, With other Publick Record of the Church of England, Chiefly in the Times of K. Edward VI> Q. Elizabeth, K. James, K. Charles I. Published to Vindicate the Church of England, and to promote Uniformity and Peace in the same.
Restoration Collection of Articles, Canons, Ordinances, etc of the Church of England, London, 1671, 2nd Edition Enlarged. 1671 2nd Enlarged Edition Bound in original leather over boards with simple Very good Quarto, 16.7 x 20.5 x 4.2cm. London 
CHURCH OF ENGLAND; ANTHONY SPARROW, comp. A Collection of Articles, Injunction, Canon, Orders, Ordinances and Constitutions Ecclesiastical, With other Publick Record of the Church of England, Chiefly in the Times of K. Edward VI> Q. Elizabeth, K. James, K. Charles I. Published to Vindicate the Church of England, and to promote Uniformity and Peace in the same. The Second Edition Enlarged. London, Printed for Robert Cutler and Joseph Clarke over against the Globe, and at the Star in Little Britain. 1671. Quarto, 16.7 x 20.5 x 4.2cm. $285.00

This collection was published early on at the Restoration (1st ed. 1661) and here in the second edition 1671. It was part of the Restoration attempt to insure that the Church of England stuck to what at the time was considered their ancient doctrines contra the Puritans. It was published in the same spirit as the Sealed Book of Common Prayer (1662)--"this is what we believe and let us not forget it." In the "Preface to the Reader" the compiler, Anthony Sparrow makes the case that church must maintain its purity in doctrine and discipline, citing the Old Testament & St. Paul. He makes a distinctiong between infallibility and authority in the church, but states based on Deut. 17, "that in doubts the Inferiour were to stand to the decision and sentence of the Priests and the Judge, and yet their judgment was not infallible... This Authority in determining doubts and controversies, the Church hath practised in all Ages, and her constant practice is the best interpreter of her right... From these premises it plainly follows that our dear Mother the Church of England in making these Canons and Articles for determining of controversies in matters of belief, which you may see in the ensuing Collection, did no more than what was both her right and her duty to do, both for the preservation of her peace, and the guidance and conduct of the souls committed to her charge; and what her care hath been in the exercise of this power for the good of her members ever since the Reformation, will evidently to her honour appear by this following Collection, made up not without great care industry of the Publisher... for by the CAnons and Articles following, which were formerly scattered and hard to be seen by every one, now gathered together into a body, it easily appearts to any that will open their eyes and read, that the Reformation of this Church was orderly and Synodical by the Guides and Governours of souls, and confirmed by Supreme Authority, and so in every particular as legal as any Reformation could or ought to be."

Bound in original leather over boards with simple double fillet lines around edges of boards, somtime nicely rebacked and re-cornered in brown morocco with raised bands and gilt title in one spine panel, new endpapers and flyleaves, occasional light foxing but otherwise quite clean. Frontispiece depicts the armorial seals of the 27 bishops. There are a number of separate title pages--most printed within simple decorative borders. There are also a few small woodcut initial letters.

Collation: A2, B-Z4, Aa-Ll4, Aaa-Ooo4. Ii3 mis-signed Gg3. Pagiantion & listing or articles: frontispiece facing title (W. Sherwin sculp.), (1) title, (1) blank, (2) the table(contents), [inserted here are two folding tables], (8) A Preface to the Reader; (1) title, (1) blank, 1-12 Injunctions [of] Edwarth the Sixth...1547; (1) title, (1) blank, 15-24 The Order of the Communion...1547(in King Edward vi. time); 25-31 Articles of Visitation...(by Archbish. Cranmer), (1) blank; (1) title, (1) 2 Tim.4, 35-37 (Articles of Visitation by Bp. Ridley 1550), (1) blank; (1) title, (1) blank, 41-51 (Articles Anno 1552. publ by K. Edward the 6), (1) blank; (1) title, (1) blank, 55-64 (Articuli...Synodo Londinensi 1552); (1) title, (1) blank, 67-84 (Injunctions by Q. Elizabeth, 1559); (1) title, (1) blank, 87-108 (Articles of Religion 1562); 109-119 (An Act of Uniformity, Eliz.), (1) blank; (1) title, (1) preface, 123-134 (Articles 1564); (1) title, (1) blank, 137-164 Form...of Making...Bishops, Priests... 1629; 165-166 Prayers at the Healing of the Kings Evil, 1559; 167-168 Of Abrogation of Holy-days in King Hen.8. time, 1536; 169-170 Proclamation Q. Eliz. against... Breakers of Orders BCP, 1573; 171-172 Procl. against the Sectaries of the Family of Love, 1580; 173-174 Proclam. against Schismatical & Seditious Books... 1588; (1) title, (1) blank, 177-182 Articles of Visitation in the first year of Q. Eliz., 1559; (1) title, (1) blank, 193-197 Articuli pro Clero in Synodo Londin, 1584, (1) blank; (1) title, (1) blank, 201-205 Celebratio Coen� Domini in Funerbribus..., 1560, (1) blank; (1) title, (1) blank, 209-222 Articuli Religionis in Synodo Londin, 1562; (1) title, (1) blank, 225-242 Liber Quorundam Canonuym Disciplin�... 1571; (1) title, (1) blank, 245-261 Capitula sive Constitutiones Ecclesiastic� in Synodo Londin, (1) blank; (1) title, (1) blank, (6) contents & tabula, 1-64 Constitutiones sive Canones Ecclesiastici...Jacobi, 1604; (1) title, (1) blank, 1-38 Constitutions & Canons..agreed on...London & York, 1640. Pages 183-190 not used in pagination. The two folding tables are: "An admonition to all such as shall intend hereafter to enter the state of matrimony" and "A table of the fees belonging to the officers of the ecclesiastical courts." Each sheet is printed on one side only. ESTC Online Citation #R223656, "Possibly should include reissue of Wing C4097 inserted after leaf 2B4. See catchword on leaf 2B4 and Wing C4093B." "The articles, some in Latin, have separate dated title pages; pagination and register are irregular."
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The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley.  Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed: And Those which he Design'd for the Press, Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies., COWLEY, ABRAHAM
5 COWLEY, ABRAHAM The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed: And Those which he Design'd for the Press, Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies.
The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley, Third Edition, London, 1672 1672 Third Edition Bound early plain calf boards, sometime recently leather boards pocked and rubbed, worn through leather at corners, lacks front free endpaper, rear free endpaper pasted to paste-down along inside edge, many notations in old ink in the margins, 1 marginal tear repaired, mark on endpapers, light foxing, light damp stain in outer margins. Folio, 19.7 x 29.9 x 4.2cm. London 
COWLEY, ABRAHAM. The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. Consisting of Those which were formerly Printed: And Those which he Design'd for the Press, Now Published out of the Authors Original Copies. The Third Edition. [small woodcut device] London, Printed by J.M. for Henry Herringgman, at the Sign of the Blue Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1672. Folio, 19.7 x 29.9 x 4.2cm. $425.00

Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), "one of the English metaphysical poets. He published his first volume of verse, Poetical Blossoms (1633), when he was 15. While a student at Cambridge, Cowley wrote three plays and began the scriptural epic Davideis (1656), in which he developed the use of the couplet as a vehicle for narrative verse. As a result of the Puritan uprising he left Cambridge and in 1656 went to France, where he served as secretary and royalist agent for Queen Henrietta Maria. Cowley's principal works include The Mistress (1647), a love cycle written in the manner of John Donne; Poems (1656), including the Pindaric odes and the elegies on Richard Crashaw and William Hervey; and Verses on Several Occasions (1663), including "To the Royal Society," an ode recalling his earlier prose tract Proposition for the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy (1661)."--"Cowley, Abraham." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2014. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 .

"In 1647 he published The Mistress, a collection of poems, included with revisions in the Poems of 1656, which contained other poems as well, including his odes and the unfinished Davideis, a biblical epic. His odes made this form the vehicle for grandiose invention and influenced poetry for the next century. More verses appeared in 1663, and in 1668 his posthumous Works made additional poetry and his essays available... The lyrics of The Mistress were influenced by metaphysical and cavalier traditions. They lack the virtues of the poetry they imitate, however, and thus served Dr. Johnson well in the next century when he chose them to illustrate the shortcomings of the metaphysical school. Cowley's religious epic, however, is the work of a man of common sense and rationality."--"Abraham Cowley." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 .

Bound early plain calf boards, sometime recently rebacked with earlier title label, decorative stamp in blind in spine panels, raised bands, leather boards pocked and rubbed, worn through leather at corners, lacks front free endpaper, rear free endpaper pasted to paste-down along inside edge, many notations in old ink in the margins, 1 marginal tear repaired, mark on endpapers, light foxing, light damp stain in outer margins.

Engraved portrait of Cowley at frontispiece--"W. Faithorne Sculp." A few woodcut initials. Large armorial engraved bookplate on front paste-down endpaper but print at bottom cut off. "Maria Louisa Whyte, Barrow Hill" written on front paste-down endpaper, and in a very large hand "Henry Hunloke." The Mistress, Pidarique Odes, and Davideis, a sacred poem each have separate dated title pages and pagination. Register is continuous.

Collation: frontispiece, title leaf, a-c4, B-Ccc4, Ddd2, A-S2, T2. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (24) Life of Cowley, (3) Elegia Dedicatoria, (1) blank, (12) Author's Preface, 1-41 Miscellanies, (1) blank; (1) title--The Mistress, (1) blank, 3-80 (p. 45 misnumbered 41); (1) title--Pindarique Odes, (1) blank, (2) preface, 1-70 [i.e., 68] (pagination skips numbers 59-60); (1) title--Davideis, (1) blank, 3-154; 1-23 Davideidos, (1) blank; 1-148 Verses...several occasions. Wing C6651. Online ESTC Cit.# R2839.
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An Elegant and Learned Discourse Of the Light of Nature, With Several other Treatises: Viz. The Schisme. The Act of Oblivion. The Childes Returne. The Panting Soul. Mount Ebal. The White Stone. Spiritual Opticks. The Worth of Souls., CULVERWEL, NATHANAEL
6 CULVERWEL, NATHANAEL An Elegant and Learned Discourse Of the Light of Nature, With Several other Treatises: Viz. The Schisme. The Act of Oblivion. The Childes Returne. The Panting Soul. Mount Ebal. The White Stone. Spiritual Opticks. The Worth of Souls.
1st Edition of Culverwel's Light of Nature, London, 1652. "A treatise of remarkable eloquence, power and learning by a Cambridge Platonist" 1652 First Edition Leather Good+ Book Quarto. 15 x 19cm. London 
"A treatise of remarkable eloquence, power and learning by a Cambridge Platonist" 1st Edition of Culverwel's Light of Nature, London, 1652


CULVERWEL, NATHANAEL. An Elegant and Learned Discourse Of the Light of Nature, With Several other Treatises: Viz. The Schisme. The Act of Oblivion. The Childes Returne. The Panting Soul. Mount Ebal. The White Stone. Spiritual Opticks. The Worth of Souls. By Nathanael Culverwel, Master of Arts, and lately Fellow of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge. Imprimatur, Edm. Calamy. London, Printed by T. R[atcliffe]. and E. M[ottershed]. for John Rothwell at the Sun and Fountain in Pauls Church-yard. 1652. Quarto. 15 x 19 x 3.7cm (binding). $375.00

Nathanael Culverwel (1615-1651) "An English philosophical writer, belonging to the school known as the `Cambridge Platonists.' His chief work, the Discourse of the Light of Nature, was published with several smaller treatises in 1652. It seems to have been suggested by the De veritate of his contemporary Lord Herbert of Cherbury, with whose views on epistemology he coincides to a remarkable degree, though controverting his attack upon Christianity from the side of reason. For grandeur and harmony of conception, as well as for rare insight and spiritual rapture which is almost the only trace of the Calvinism in which he was apparently brought up, the book is one of the most striking productions of the Cambridge school. Its main theme is the use of reason and the special nobility of its function in the search after truth..."--New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Religious Knowledge, III:320.

"Like the other Cambridge Platonists, Culverwell held that reason and faith are compatible.... Culverwell was the only member of the Cambridge Platonists to invoke natural law theory as the foundation of his rational ethics. His founding of the legal authority of moral law in the will of God and in the cognitive capacities of human beings has resulted in his being considered a precursor of Locke, major differences between them notwithstanding... The `light of nature' of the book's title is human reason, the `intellectual lamp' placed by God in the human soul to enable mankind to understand the law of nature. According to Culverwell the `law of nature' is the imprint of divine law in rational beings. While he acknowledged the limitations of postlapsarian human reason, he was optimistic about human capacities, emphasizing reason and free will as preconditions for knowledge of the moral law and the obligation to obey it. For this purpose, all human minds are furnished with `clear and indelible' principles of reason and morality. He conceived of God as an intellectual being who communicates with man through reason. Like Whichcote, he argued that men become more like God through the exercise of their reason. In coming to a knowledge of God and the eternal law, our reason is aided by experience of the external world which manifests God's wisdom in the fixed order of divine providence..."--Sarah Hutton, `Culverwell, Nathaniel (bap. 1619, d. 1651)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/6885, accessed 15 May 2014] Newly rebound with original paneled speckled calf laid over boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, new endpapers, light foxing. Title printed within simple woodcut border, woodcut head & tailpieces. Collation: A4, [a]4, B-Z4, Aa-Ee4. A-X4, Y2, Z4, Aa-Dd4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (3) Epistle Dedicatory, (1) blank, (4) To the Reader, (1) contents, (1) errata, (3) Courteous Reader, (1) blank, 1-215, (1) blank, Light of Nature. 1-24 The Schisme(caption title); 25-45 The Acto of Oblivion; 46-64 The Childs Return; 65-80 The Panting Soul; 80-96 Mount Ebal; 97-172 The White Stone...Treatise of Assurance; 173-212 Spiritual Opticks: or A Glasse Discovering the weakness and imperfection of Christians knowledge in this life. London, 1652. Online ESTC Citation No. R13398. Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), C7569. Spiritual Opticks has a separate title page with imprint. Pagination and register are continuous in the second section. (17755) 
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An Enquiry Into Four Remarkable Texts of the New Testament Which contain Some Difficulty in them: With a Probable Resolution Of them, EDWARDS, JOHN.
7 EDWARDS, JOHN. An Enquiry Into Four Remarkable Texts of the New Testament Which contain Some Difficulty in them: With a Probable Resolution Of them
1692 Book Small octavo, 12 x 17.1 x 2.7cm. Cambridge, Printed by J. Hayes, Printer to the University 
"One of the Strongest Calvinistic Divines of the Church of England," John Edwards: An Enquiry Into Four Remarkable Texts of the New Testament..., Cambridge, 1692.


EDWARDS, JOHN. An Enquiry Into Four Remarkable Texts of the New Testament Which contain Some Difficulty in them: With a Probable Resolution Of them. By John Edwards, B.D. sometime Fellow of St Johns College in Cambridge. I Cor. 13.9. We know in part, and we prophesie in part. Cambridge, Printed by J. Hayes, Printer to the University; for W. Graves Bookseller there. 1692. Small octavo, 12 x 17.1 x 2.7cm. $200.00

John Edwards 1637-1716, "one of the strongest Calvinistic divines the Church of England has produced... In 1653 he entered St. John's College, Cambridge, where he became scholar and fellow. He was minister of Trinity Church, Cambridge in 1679, and there wrote industriously on controversial theology... 'It may be questioned whether, since the days of Calvin himself, there has existed a more decided Calvinist than Dr. Edwards. He has been termed the Paul, the Augustine, the Bradwardline, the Calvin of his age. Such was the abhorrence of Arminianism, that he contended with the old Puritans, that there is a close connection between it and popery.'"--McClintock & Strong: Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Knowledge, III:63.

Edwards' An Enquiry into Four Remarkable Texts... was published in 1692 (1st & only edition). In it he treats of four problem passages in the NT: Matt. 2:23 (He shall be called a Nazarene). I Cor. 11:14 (Doth not even nature it self teach you, that if a man have long hair it is a shame unto him?). I Cor. 15:29 (...what shall they do that are baptized for the sake of the dead, if the dead are not raised at all? Why are they even baptized for the sake of the dead?). I Peter 3:19-20 (By which also he went and preached unto the Spirits in prison...).

Collation: title leaf, A-R8, S4, T2. T2, the errata leaf with printing on the recto, has the blank verso pasted to e inside of the rear cover as an endpaper. Pagination: (1) title, (1) contents, (16) preface, 1-266, (1) errata, (1) blank. Wing E208. Online ESTC Citation No. R17328.

Bound worn leather spine with soiled cream colored paper over boards, lacks top 5cm of spine leather, smaller pieces of leather chipped from the remaining lower 4 panels, paper over boards soiled, bottom two corners bumped and worn through paper, no flyleaves or free endpapers--see note in "Collation" above re errata leaf. Medium foxing but heavier in some places, a number of the signature & leaves have been strengthened with paper along the gutter sometime in the further past, names written on p. 192-192 in the margins including "Sam Grafton," early pen scribbling on another page.
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Ordinance of the Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament: For the, ENGLAND & WALES.  PARLIAMENT.
8 ENGLAND & WALES. PARLIAMENT. Ordinance of the Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament: For the
1646 Good Bound pamphlet Quarto, 14.3 x 19cm. London 
Very precise rules for Ordaining Ministers by "Classicall Presbyters," London, 1646


ENGLAND & WALES. PARLIAMENT. An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons Assembled in Parliament: For the Ordination of Ministers By the Classicall Presbyters Within their respective Bounds for the severall Congregations in the Kingdom of England. Die Veneris 28. August. 1646. Ordered by the Lords assembled in Parliament, That this Ordinance for Ordination of Ministers be forth-with printed and published. Joh. Brown Cler. Parliamentorum. London printed for Iohn Wright at the Kings Head in the Old Bayley. 31 Aug. 1646. Quarto, 14.3 x 19cm. $175.00

Pamphlet bound in modern maroon leather looking cloth material with gilt title on front cover "An Ordinance," new endpapers with bookplate of M.S. Carothers on front paste-down endpaper, leaf numbers 163-166 written in old pen in top corner on recto of each leaf, "12" written at bottom of title, almost no foxing, clean. Title printed within simple woodcut border.

Collation: A1-4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, 1-6pp. Wing E2000 with first e in "Veneris" printed upside down. Our copy has no colon between "London" and "printed." Online ESTC cit. no. R201075 with 15 libraries in the U.K. and 10 in the U.S. including 2 listings for Folger Shakespeare.

The pamphlet begins by identifying a Presbyter and Bishop as the same office: "Whereas the Presbyter, that is to say, Elder, and the Bishop, do in the holy Scripture intend and signifie one and the same Function..." The short work then goes on to give very specific rules for the examination of new ministers, including tryal preaching.
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A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690., FOX, GEORGE
9 FOX, GEORGE A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690.
First Edition of Quaker, George Fox's Journal, London, 1694 1694 First Edition Bound full leather, sometime early on rebacked full leather, sometime early on rebacked with a piece of leather pasted over spine--this eventually failed and sometime more recently rebacked in the same style in lighter leather and with the earlier rebacked spine strip laid over, leather on original boards worn through at all edges, heavily chipped, cracked & flaking, corners rounded down considerably as are the page edge corners, a strip of old cloth strengthens the inside hinges, lacks free endpapers and flyleaves, light to heavy foxing, damp stains scattered throughout. Folio, 20.5 x 32.2 x 7.9cm. London "Matthew [E]stes Book Bou[ght] of Thomas Northcot
FOX, GEORGE. A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690. [6 lines scripture quotes] London, Printed for Thomas Northcott, in George-Yard, in Lombard-Street. MDCXCIV. [1694]. Folio, 20.5 x 32.2 x 7.9cm. $950.00

George Fox(1624-1691) founder of the Society of Friends. "Born in Leicestershire and apprenticed to a shoemaker, he apparently had no formal schooling. In 1643 he parted from family and friends and traveled in search of enlightenment. After long painful struggles he came in 1646 to rely on the `Inner Light of the Living Christ.' He forsook church attendance, dismissed contemporary religious controversies as trivial, and in 1647 began to preach that truth is to be found in God's voice speaking to the soul--hence, `Friends of Truth' later abbreviated to `Friends.' In 1649 he was jailed for interrupting a Nottingham church service with an impassioned appeal from the Scriptures to the Holy Spirit as the authority and guide. In 1650 at Derby he was imprisoned as a blasphemer, and there a judge nicknamed the `Quakers,' after Fox had exhorted the magistrates to 'tremble at the word of the Lord.' ...Fox spent six years in different prisons, sometimes under terrible conditions. He campaigned against the latter and against other social evils... His famous journal was published posthumously in 1694."--Douglas: The New Int'l Dict. of the Christian Church, pp.383-384. We offer the 1694 First Edition of his Journal, indispensable for the study of his life and the early days of the Quakers.

Provenance, the following two inscriptions written on leaf A1 and bottom of p.632. 3rd inscription on leaf A1 only. Leaf A1 of Penn's Preface has the following in old pen: "Matthew [E]stes Book Bou[ght] of Thomas Northcott & George Yard, Lombard Street, London the 9th of 3rd Month 169[5] 24,-6 SIH." "Samuel Pope his Book Bougt of Hannah Estes of Salem(?) the 7th of ye 1c 1727/8 Cost 14£." "Descended Aln____ [missing words] [Po]pe y. 3 in a tight Line unto 1763."

This is the true First Edition with the original printing of pages 309 and 441 to which corrections were made and substituted in many copies. See Joseph Smith: A Descriptive Catalogue of Friends' Books, Vol. I, p.691.

Bound full leather, sometime early on rebacked with a piece of leather pasted over spine--this eventually failed and sometime more recently rebacked in the same style in lighter leather and with the earlier rebacked spine strip laid over, leather on original boards worn through at all edges, heavily chipped, cracked & flaking, corners rounded down considerably as are the page edge corners, a strip of old cloth strengthens the inside hinges, lacks free endpapers and flyleaves, light to heavy foxing, damp stains scattered throughout. LACKING title but a facsimile sometime supplied on old paper, the next five leaves A-B2 & C1, have smaller outside margins--i.e. they are either from another copy or have had tattered edges trimmed off. They do have a similar water mark to the following pages. Leaf A1 encapsulated but lacking two large pieces including some text, the next 2 leaves lacking marginal pieces and repaired, top third of a4 torn away, Zzz4 lacking corner & some text, numerous other leaves with tears and repairs. LACKING last two leaves or 4 pages of index--index ends in the O's. The last 8 leaves are smaller--same size as the first six leaves.

Collation: title, A-M2, A2-4, a4, b2, B-Oo4, Pp2, Aaa-Eeee4, Ffff6, Aaaaa-Bbbbbb4, Cccccc-Ffffff2,--lacking gathering Gggggg1-2 at the end. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (48) Wm Penn's Preface, i-xviii Testimony of Margaret Fox & friends, 1-284pp, next 8 pages are numbered as leaves(i.e. number on recto only) leaves 281-284, then pages 285-287, 188-423 (page numbers 424-427 not used), 428-632pp, (4) place index, (6) names of friends(index), (4) subject matters & things (index)--but lacking 4 more pages of this index. Pp. 204-205 misnumbered 104-105; p.399 misnumbered 309. Online ESTC Citation No.R3344. Wing F1854.
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Corpvs et Syntagma Confessionvm Fidei qvae in Diversis Regnis et Nationibus..., LAURENTIUS,GASPAR.
10 LAURENTIUS,GASPAR. Corpvs et Syntagma Confessionvm Fidei qvae in Diversis Regnis et Nationibus...
1654 Editio Nova Bound full vellum Good book Quarto, 17.2 x 22.8 x 4.8cm Geneva, Switzerland 
“This rare and valuable book”–Philip Schaff:
Gaspar Laurentius' work on the Creeds of Christendom, Geneva, 1654


LAURENTIUS, GASPAR. Corpvs et Syntagma Confessionvm Fidei qvae in Diversis Regnis et Nationibvs, Ecclesiarvm nomine fuerunt authenticé editæ: in celeberrimis Conuentibus exhibitæ, publicáque auctoriatate comprobatæ. Qvibvs Annectitvf, in omnibvs Christianæ Religionis Articulis, Catholicvs Consensvs, ex Sententiie Veterum, qui Patres vocantur, desumptus. Confessionvm Envermerationem et Harmoniam atzue huius Catholici Veterum cum illis Consensus, ordinem indicant paginæ singularum partium huius Syntagmatis, in Tres Partes distributi. Edito Nova, In qua quid præstitum sit, odcet pagina sequens. [Woodcut device depicting winged angel with foot on skeleton at foot of cross] Genevæ, Sumptibus Petri Chouët. M.DC.LIV. [1654]. Quarto, 17.2 x 22.8 x 4.8cm. $375.00

Bound full vellum, vellum soiled, faded hand-written title, number 14 written top of spine, 19th century browned paper tag near bottom of spine, red page edges, 19th century library bookplate on front paste-down endpaper, A2 & A3 with folds along bottom margin--not trimmed to length with the rest of the book and stick down below the trim line if not folded, contents quite clean with scattered foxing, a small and light dampstain on the lower outside corner of some pages. Woodcut head & tail-pieces; woodcut initial letters.

Collation: ¶1, A2-3 [these two leaves belong with A1 & A4 that appear after Cc4--with the catchword & contents matching between this A3 and the A4 occuring after CC4], ¶2-4, ¶¶4, ¶¶¶4, ¶¶¶¶4, title leaf, [note: between this title leaf & this A, belong the A2-3 that are bound in after Cc4 below] A4 only, B-Z, Aa-Cc4, A1, A2-3 [these two leaves belong after ¶¶¶¶4 and title leaf, and in their place belong the A2-3 that appear right after the general title, as noted above], a4, B-T4, V3, X-Z4, Aa-Ii4, Kk3, a-h4, *4, A-Z4, Aa-Ff4, Dd1-2.

Pagination: (1) title, [2]-6, (30), 1-202; [1]-8, [9](mis-printed 6)-255, (1) blank, (6) indexes; [1]-64; (8), 1-232, (4) indexes.

I quote Philip Schaff who describes this work and gives a summary of its contents. Schaff lists it as the second work (after the Harmonia Confesssion Fidei Orthodixarum, et Reformatarum Ecclesiarum) under the headings: The Reformed Confessions; Literature; I. Collections of Reformed Symbols, in his Creeds of Christendom, I:354-55. "The first edition of this rare and valuable book was probably compiled by Gaspar Laurentius, who is not named on the title-page, but who signs himself in the dedicatory Epistle to Elector Frederick III. of the Palatinate, before the 'Orthodox Consensus' (in Part III.), and says, in the 'General Preface,' that he edited this Consensus a. 1595, and now (1612) in a much improved form. His object was the same as that of the Harmony, viz., to show the essential unity of the evangelical faith in the multiplicity and variety of Confessions which, as the Preface says, in the absence of conspiracy, only strengthen the harmony, and mutually illustrate and supplement each other, like many orthodox expositions of the Scriptures. The second edition, of which I have a copy, is a large quarto volume, consisting of three main parts, the several documents being paged separately. It contains the principal Reformed Confessions down to the Synod of Dort, three Lutheran Confessions, and several other documents, as follows: 1. The Harmonia sive Concordantia Confessionum Fidei per (xiii.) Articulos digesta, with the Symbolum Apostolicum, as the basis of a general consensus, supported by Scripture texts and references to the various Confessions of the collection (8 pp.); 2. Confessio Helvetica posterior, reprinted from a Zurich edition of 1651: 3. Confessio Helvetica prior (or Basileensis II.), 1536; 4. Confessio Basileensis I. (or Mylhusiana), 1532; 5. Confessio Gallica, from the Latin edition of 1566; 6. Confessio Anglicana, 1562; 7. Confessio Scotica of 1560, and the second of 1580; 8. Confessio Ecclesiarum Belgicarum, 1559; 9. Confessio Czengerina, the Hungarian Confession, 1570; 10. Confessio Polonica, or Consensus Poloniæ (Sendomirensis) 1570; 11. Confessio Argentinensis S. Tetrapolitana, 1531; 12. Confessio Angustana, from the Wittenberg edition of 1540; 13. Confessio Saxonica, s. Misnica, 1551; 14. Confessio Wirtembergica, 1552; 15. Confessio Illustrissimi Electoris Palatini, Friderici III., 1576; 16. Confessio Bohemica (the first of the two Bohemian Confessions, which was presented to King Ferdinand in 1535. It contains a Preface by Luther. The second was compiled 1575); 17. Consensus Ecclesiarum Majoris el Minoris Poloniæ, Lithuaniæ, etc., 1583. Appended: Acta et Conclusiones Synodi Generalis Thoruniensis; 18. Articuli Confessionis Basileensis of the year 1647; 19. Canones Synodi Dordrechtanæ, 1619; 20. Confessio Cyrilli Patriarchæ Constantinop., 1631; 21. Catholicus Consensus, viz., A Harmony of Christian Doctrine, compiled from the Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers, under the following heads: (a) On the Word of God as the Rule of Faith; (b) On God, the Trinitarian and Christological Doctrines; (c) On Divine Providence; (d) On the Head of the Church; (e) On Justification; (f) On Free Will, Original Sin, Election and Predestination; (g) On the Sacraments; (h) On Idolatry, the Worship of Images, etc.; (i) On the True Way of Worshiping and Serving God; (k) On the Church and the Ministry; (l) Resurrection and the Future State."
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Opera Quaecumque Extant.  Provdevnt nvnc Primvm Studio Joannis Garneri, MARIUS MERCATOR
11 MARIUS MERCATOR Opera Quaecumque Extant. Provdevnt nvnc Primvm Studio Joannis Garneri
1673 Leather Book Folio, 25 x 37.7cm Paris, France 
Marius Mercator, fl. 418-449; Latin Christian writer probably of African birth; friend & disciple of Augustine. "One of the most important sources for our knowledge of Nestorius's writings." Opera: First Collected Edition, Paris, 1673


MARIUS MERCATOR. Opera Quæcumque Extant. Provdevnt nvnc Primvm Studio Joannis Garnerii Societatis Jesu Presbyteri, Qui Notas etiam ac Dissertationes addidit. [12x12cm engraved device bordered by a snake eating its tail, two egrets fighting over a small snake and below a rural countryside] Parisiis, Apud Sebastianum Mabre-Cramoisy, Regis Typographum, viâ Jacobæâ, sub Ciconiis. M.DC.LXXIII. [1673] Cum Privilegio Regis Christianissimi. Folio, 25 x 37.7cm. $575.00

Marius Mercator (fl. 418-449) "A Latin Christian writer, probably of African birth. A friend and disciple of St. Augustine, he wrote c.418 at Rome against Pelagius. Some ten years later, when in Constantinople, perhaps as the agent of Pope Celestine (422-432) he again wrote in defence of orthodoxy this time attacking both Nestorians and Pelagians. A collection of his writings, compiled about 100 years after his time, has survived in a Vatican MS. (Cod. Vat. Pal. 234). It consists largely of Mercator's translations of and replies to Nestorius's writings, made (acc. to E. Schwartz) for the Latin-speaking monks of Thrace, and is one of the most important sources for our knowledge of Nestorius's doctrines. Writings ed. [by] J. Garnier, J.J. (Paris 1673; repr. in J. P. Migne, PL, xlviii), on the basis of a Beauvais MS., since lost."--Cross: Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, (1963) p.858. "Nevertheless, his writings and literal translations are of permanent value for the history of the Pelagian and Nestorian controversies, inasmuch as not a few of the weightiest of the original documents are preserved exclusively through him."--G. Krüger in New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Religious Knowledge, VII:182. We offer the first collected edition of Marius' works.

Bound full calf with raised bands and gilt spine, 7 x 9 cm oval gilt emblematic design in center of each cover, most of leather of top spine panel chipped away, bottom third of bottom spine panel chipped away, leather split and chipped along hinges but covers are still firmly attached by the 6 cords, worn through leather at corners, rubbed & scuffed, red speckled page edges, light to medium foxing--heavier around edges of endpapers and first & last few leaves including the title page, small oval library blind-stamp on title and next two leaves--also on last leaf and rear free endpaper. Nice engraved (copperplate & woodcut) head & tail pieces as well as initial letters. Text mostly set in double columns--some with parallel Greek & Latin text.

Collation: A4, a-d4, e2, A-Hhh4, Iii-Lll2; 1 blank leaf, a-f4, g6, A-Zz4, Aaa2. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (5) Epistola, (1) catchword, i-xxxiii Præfatio Generalis, (3) Index Auctorum, (1) half-title, (1) blank, 3-433, (11) Index Materiarum + errata, (2) blank, (1) half-title, (1) blank, iii-lx Præfatio, (1) half-title, (1) blank, 3-364, (2) Index Auctorum, (6) Index Materiarum plus errata. OCLC locates 10 libraries in the U.S. holding this title: U. Calif. Berkeley; Pitts Theol Library Emory U.; Mercer U.; Loyola U. Chicago; U. Chicago; Boston Col.; Seaton Hall U.; Brown U.; Calif. State Libr.; Univ. Minn. Also 4 libraries in the Netherlands, 6 in the U.K. and one in Australia. Binding size: 25.7 x 38.8 x 6.8cm.

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A Collection Of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More Fellow of Christ's Colledge in Cambridge.  As Namely, His Antidote against Atheism.  Appendix to the said Antidote.  Enthusiasmus Triumphatus.  Letters to Des-Cartes, &c.  Immortality of the Soul.  Conjectura Cabbalistica., MORE, HENRY.
12 MORE, HENRY. A Collection Of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More Fellow of Christ's Colledge in Cambridge. As Namely, His Antidote against Atheism. Appendix to the said Antidote. Enthusiasmus Triumphatus. Letters to Des-Cartes, &c. Immortality of the Soul. Conjectura Cabbalistica.
Cambridge Platonist Henry More: A Collection of Several Philosophical Writings, London, 1662 1662 The second Edition more correct and much enlarged. Bound in contemporary calf boards in Cambridge st worn through at other corner, original leather checked and rubbed, 1 start, new free endpapers, damp stain in gutter and top margins of some pages, light foxing, title lightly soiled, internal tear to C2 repaired, a couple of pages with old ink annotations in margin. Folio, 20.3 x 30 x 5cm. London 
MORE, HENRY. A Collection Of Several Philosophical Writings of Dr. Henry More Fellow of Christ's Colledge in Cambridge. As Namely, His Antidote against Atheism. Appendix to the said Antidote. Enthusiasmus Triumphatus. Letters to Des-Cartes, &c. Immortality of the Soul. Conjectura Cabbalistica. [The words "Antidote ... Cabbalistica.' are gathered by a left brace on the title page.] The second Edition more correct and much enlarged. [8 lines: two quotes in Greek from Aristotles Ethics] London, Printed by James Flesher, for William Morden, Book-seller in Cambridge, MDCLXII. [1662]. Folio, 20.3 x 30 x 5cm. $1,350.00

Henry More, (1614-1687) "English philosopher, one of the foremost representatives of the school of Cambridge Platonists. His writings emphasized the mystical and theosophic phases of that philosophy, and as he grew older mysticism dominated his writings. Newton studied under him, and his concept of space and time as "the sense organs of God" greatly influenced Newton's theory of absolute space and time."--"More, Henry." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2014. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 . "In his day More came to be regarded as one of England's leading contemporary philosophers. One of the first proponents of Cartesianism, he attacked Thomas Hobbes and Baruch Spinoza and was an enthusiast for the new science of Galileo and the Royal Society. His own philosophy owes much to Plato and Plotinus and is largely dedicated to the defense of religious belief against the twin forces of skepticism and atheism."--Hutton, Sarah: "More, Henry (1614-1687)." Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 . "In theology More was a moderate latitudinarian, known for piety and an almost saintly nature. He wrote extensively against sectarians and enthusiasts, for their uncharitable doctrinal wrangling and their depreciation of reason in religion, and against the Roman Catholic Church, on the usual contemporary grounds. He concerned himself particularly with the interpretation of prophetic and apocalyptic Scriptures... A factor in More's return to philosophy was his discovery, sometime before 1647, of Descartes, whose writings seemed to show how to combine a scientific interest in nature with a primary concern for vindicating the reality of God and immortal human souls.... he conceived his main philosophical mission to be the refutation of mechanistic materialism. Appropriately, More's first major work was An Antidote Against Atheisme (1652), one of the most prominent early responses to Thomas Hobbes. More's opposition to mechanism eventually led him to a repudiation (in large part) of Descartes... The Immortality of the Soul is actually an elaborate treatise on the nature, kinds, and habits of spirits-by far More's most systematic work-in which many doctrines of Descartes and others are criticized. It defies summary."--"More, Henry." Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 2008. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 .

We are pleased to offer this collection of Henry More's Philosophical Writings.

Title page is printed in red and black. There are a few woodcut initial letters. There are about a dozen simple line figures printed in the text. Each item has a separate dated title page. There is an index for the entire work at the end.

Bound in contemporary calf boards in Cambridge style in blind, recently rebacked with raised bands and without title label, 3 of 4 corners recornered, worn through at other corner, original leather checked and rubbed, 1 start, new free endpapers, damp stain in gutter and top margins of some pages, light foxing, title lightly soiled, internal tear to C2 repaired, a couple of pages with old ink annotations in margin.

Collation: a6, b-c4, A-Xxx6. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, iii-xxvii Preface, (1) blank; (1) title--Antidote, (1) blank, (4) dedication, 1-142; (1) title--Appendix to, (1) blank, 145-190, (11) Contents of Antidote, (1) blank; (1) title--Enthusiasmus, (1) blank, 1-48, (3) Contents-Enthusiasm, (1) blank; (1) title--Des Cartes, (1) blank, 55-133, (1) blank; title--Immortality, (1) blank, (3) dedication, (1) blank, 1-234, (11) contents, (1) blank; (1) title--Cabbalistica, (1) blank, (4) dedication, 1-39, (1) blank, (1) title--Defence Cabbala, (1) blank, 43-184, (9) contents--Cabbala; (9) Index to entire volume in small print. Wing M2646. Online ESTC Cit.# R188746.
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Appello Evangelium for the True Doctrine of the Divine Predestination,, PLAIFERE, JOHN.
13 PLAIFERE, JOHN. Appello Evangelium for the True Doctrine of the Divine Predestination,
1651 First Edition Bound contemporary calf boards, rebacked Good book Small octavo, 10 x 15cm. London, Printed by J. G. for John Clark, and are to be sold at his shop under S. Peters Church in Cornhill 
Plaifere on Predestination, a "Middle Knowledge" approach, London, 1651, First Edition


PLAIFERE, JOHN. Appello Evangelium for the True Doctrine of the Divine Predestination, Concorded with the Orthodox Doctrine of Gods Free-Grace, and Mans Free-Will. By John Plaifere, B.D. Sometime Fellow of Sidney-Suffex Col. in Cambridge and late Rector of Debden in Suffolk. ad Amicum. Amice, Evangelium appellasti? Ad Avangeliu ibis. Bern. in Cant. Ser. 65. Responsio. Nullus reprehensor formidandus est amatori Veritatis Aug.de Trin. in Pro?m. Hereunto is added Dr. Chr. Potter his owne Vindication in a Latter to Mr. V. touching the same Points. London, Printed by J. G. for John Clark, and are to be sold at his shop under S. Peters Church in Cornhill, 1651. Small octavo, 10 x 15cm.

Bound contemporary calf boards with simple double fillets in blind, sometime rebacked in leather in same simple style, original leather on corners chipped and scuffed with boards showing at corners and in places along edges, vertical crease lines in spine leather, red page edges with author and first word of title written on fore-edge, later (probably 19th century) endpapers but with later material added along hinges, small removed name plate on front paste-down endpaper, pages with light to medium foxing, scattered damp stains.

Bookseller's tag on top outside corner of front paste-down endpaper: "J.(?) Leslie, Theological Bookseller, 52 Gt. Queen Srt Lincolns Inn Fields, London." 19th century owner's name on front free endpaper: "Stephen Eliott Jr. 1840."

Collation: A4, B-Y8. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (2) contents, (4) bookes...printed for John Clark, 1-[435], (1) errata. Page 435 is misnumbered 419. Dr Potter his own vindication of himselfe, has a separate dated title page on leaf V8 recto. First Edition. It was issued again in 1652 and 1653. Wing (CD Rom, 1966) P2419. Online English Short Title Catalogue citation number: R32288 with 14 copies in UK libraries and 6 U.S. libraries including Brown Univ.; Folger Shakespeare; Newberry Libr.; Union Theol. Sem.; UCLA; Univ. Ill. OCLC adds Cornell Univ; General Theol. Sem.; Newberry Libr; New Orleans Bapt. Theol. Sem.; Calvin Col. & Theol. Sem.; Bethel Theol. Sem. Libr.; Columbia Univ.; Univ. Toronto--Fisher Libr.

"This brings us to the name of John Plaifere. Little is actually known about this seventeenth-century figure. The title page of his work reveals most of what is known, "Sometime Fellow of Sidney-Sussex Col. in Cambridge, and late Rector of Debden in Suffolk." In 1719 a work was published anonymously and entitled, A Collection of Tracts Concerning Predestination and Providence, and the other Points Depending on Them (1719). The volume consisted of four essays, one of which was Plaifere's An Appeal to the Gospel, for the True Doctrin [sic] of Divine Predestination, Concorded with the Orthodox Doctrin of God's Free-Grace, and Man's Free-Will. This work originally appeared in 1651, bound with Barnaby Potter's A Letter of the Learned Chr. Potter, D.D. Vindicating his Sentiments in these Controversies."

"In Plaifere's work many references were made to middle knowledge, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the issue, both historically and philosophically. In it, he put forward five opinions about predestination. After showing the weaknesses of the first four he then suggested a fifth, which he said, is that of Arminius, which he interpreted accords to his own principles, in his Theses de natura Dei, "...and the [Jesuit] Molina ...and may therefore be less acceptable to some for the sake of the Teachers and Defenders of it; but a lover of Truth will not be prejudiced against it, because it hath besides these, the unanimous suffrage of the Fathers, Greek and Latin, before St. Augustine, if their Doctrine concerning Prescience be rightly examined, and explained..." "Plaifere referred to both Molina and Arminius and argued that predestination takes place on the basis of middle knowledge. God considered all things that were possible. From the realm of the possible God knew that if grace were offered to certain individuals they would reject it, while others would accept it. In explaining middle knowledge, or scientia media, what is significant is that Plaifere quoted both Arminius and Molina as proponents of middle knowledge."--Barry E. Bryant: Molina, Arminus, Plaifere, Goad, and Wesley On Human Free-will, Divine Omniscience, and Middle Knowledge, From the Wesleyan Theological Journal; http://evangelicalarminians.org/node/304.

"Finding ammunition in the bugbear of Antinomianism, Arminian Anglicans set going a concerted offensive against the doctrine of predestination that lasted throughout the 1650s and into the Restoration years. In 1651 a manuscript by John Plaifere, originally written apparently for the author's own satisfaction, was published posthumously with the title Appeal to Gospel for True Doctrine of Divine Predestination. Plaifere had been a Suffolk rector until his death in 1632, and to claim him for Arminianism had the benefit of adding further precedent to the cause. In the text, Plaifere roundly declared the teaching of Arminius to be consonant with that of the ancient church fathers."--Dewey D. Wallace Jr.: Puritans and Predestination: Grace in English Protestant Theology, 1525-1695. UNC Press, 1982, p.122.
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Purchas his Pilgrimage.  Or Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in all Ages and Places discouered...., PURCHAS, SAMUEL
14 PURCHAS, SAMUEL Purchas his Pilgrimage. Or Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in all Ages and Places discouered....
1614 Bound early leather, sometime rebacked Book Small quarto, 19.2 x 28.5 x 6.1cm (binding). London 
Early North America History Including Florida, Virginia, & New France: Purchas His Pilgrimage, London, 1614


PURCHAS, SAMUEL. Purchas his Pilgrimage. Or Relations of the World and the Religions Observed in all Ages and Places discouered, from the Creation unto this Present. Second Edition, of the First Part (Of Fower Intended) Much Enlarged with Additions through the whole worke. Containing a Theologicall and Geographicall Historie of Asia, Africa, and America, with the Ilands Adiacent. Declaring the Ancient Religions before the Flovd, the Heathnish, Jewish, and Saracenicall in all Ages since, in those parts professed, with their seuerall Opinions, Idols, Oracles, Temples, Priests, Fasts, Feasts, sacrifices, and Rites Religious: Their beginnings, Proccedings, Alterations, Sects, Orders and Successions. With briefe Descriptions of the Countries, Nations, States, Discoueries; Priuate and Publike Customes, and most Remarkable Rarities of Nature, or humane Industrie, in the same. By Samvel Pvrchas, Minister at Estwood in Essex. Vnus Devs, una Veritas. London, Printed by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, and are to be sold at his Shop in Pauls Church-yard at the Signe of the Rose. 1614. Small quarto, 19.2 x 28.5 x 6.1cm (binding).

Samuel Purchas (1577?-1626). "A Learned English divine, and compiler of a valuable collection of travels... educated at Cambridge. In 1604 he was instituted vicar of Eastwood in Essex, but, leaving the cure of it to his brother, removed to London, the better to carry on the great work he had undertaken. He published the first volume in 1613, and the four last in 1625... His Pilgrimages, and the learned Hackluyt's Voyages, led the way to all other collections of that kind, and have been justly valued and esteemed."--McClintock & Strong: Cycl Bibl Theol & Eccl Lit., VIII:794. This volume, though published first in 1613, in its 4th edition of 1626, always accompanies and forms the 5th volume of the authors 4 volume work published in 1625. Sabin: Dict. Books Relating to America #66680. This work "is an entirely different work from his larger collection of 'Pilgrimes," of which the fourth edition of this forms a fifth or supplementary volume. The distinction between the two works is explained by the author himself in the dedication prefixed to the fourth edition of the 'Pilgrimage' in the following words: 'I had pleased his Majestie to enquire further into the different scope of my Pilgrimage, & my then presented Pilgrims, which here also for the Reader's sake I think fit to answer; that These Brethren holdin much resemblance in name, nature and feature, yet differ both in object and subject: This being mine owne in matter (though borrowed) and in some of words and method. Whereas my Pilgrims are the Authors themselves, acting their owne parts in their owne words, onely furnished by me with such necessaries as that stage further required, and ordered according to my rules,' etc. The following parts relate to America: 'Relations of the Discoveries, Regions and Religions, of the New World. Of New France, Virginia, Florida; New Spaine, with other Regions of America, Mexicana, and of their Regions, and Religions, of the New World. Of Cvmana, Gviana, Brasil, Chica, Chilli, Perv, And other regions of America, Pervviana, and of their Religions.'"--quote from Sabin #66678. We offer the second edition, with an enlarged chapter on America.

Bound early leather, sometime rebacked in green leather with original red morocco title label pasted over, original boards heavily worn through leather at all edges and corners, later endpapers and strip of paper over inside hinges, bookplate and signature of an Anna Murphy, title remounted, a few insect holes near edges of title, title soiled, tears in second leaf with old repair as well as three 1cm holes in inner margin, dampstain in outer margin of most leaves.

Collation: ?6, A8, B-Kkkk6. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (4) epistle dedicatorie, (5) to the reader, (1) [notices], (7) contents, (1) black, (8) authors etc, 1-918 text, (23) the table, (1) errata. STC 20506. The second edition after the first of 1613. Online ESTC cit. no. S111828 with 17 libraries in the U.K, and in the U.S.: Amer. Mus. Natural Hist.; Boston Public; Folger Shakespeare (twice); Huntington, Art...; NY Pub. Lib.; Newberry Lib.; U. Penn.
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Amici usque ad Aram, seu Vinculum Mortuale inter DD. Sodales Congreati, SODALITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
15 SODALITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Amici usque ad Aram, seu Vinculum Mortuale inter DD. Sodales Congreati
1681 Bound full vellum Book 24mo, 7.8 x 12.9cm. Dilligen, Germany 
Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dillingen, Germany, 1681


SODALITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, DILLINGEN, GERMANY. Amici usque ad Aram, seu Vinculum Mortuale inter DD. Sodales Congreationis Bea-tissima Virginis Annuntiata ex Foedere Mariano Elvaci inchoatum Anno M.DC.LXIV. Renovatum Ad Titulare Annuntiatio-nis Festum Anno M.DC.LXXXI. Dillinga, Cum facultate Superiorum. Typis Joannis Caspari Bencard, Bibliopola Academici. Per Fridericum Severinum Groch. 24mo, 7.8 x 12.9cm.

Bound full vellum with decorative tool around edges of covers that includes hearts, small design at each corner, vellum soiled some, 1cm broken off top corner of rear cover, there is what appears to be silverfish damage to both paste-down endpapers, paper repairs using archival rag paper on front free endpaper, title, A2 and A12; frontispiece remounted, light foxing.

Collation: frontispiece leaf, A1-12. Not in OCLC neither did I find it in various German union catalogs.

Contents consists of lists of supporters of the Sodality, divided into three parts: first ecclesiastical persons with the name, title and town (98 names). Second are secular persons, again with name title and town (50 names). Finally, "Defuncti" organized under date (60 names). "The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary was founded in 1563 at Rome in the Roman College of the Society of Jesus. The actual founder was John Leunis... in the afternoon when school was over...Leunis gathered together...the most zealous of his pupils for prayer and pious exercises, especially for devotions in houour of the Blessed Virgin... The sodality was placed under the special protection of the Blessed Virgin, and the object was declared to be personal perfection in virtue and study, as well as works of charity and zeal for souls."--Catholic Ency. XIV:128. In 17th century Dillingen, Germany, "In order to foster a truly religious spirit among the students and to secure the faithful performance of their duties, a large and a small sodality were were organized besides one for the religious. It was at Dillingen that the first sodality of the Blessed Virgin was established in Upper Germany; the sodality carried on an active correspondence with the original sodality, the B.V. Annuntiatæ in Rome, and with various local organizations."--ibid, IV:796b
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A Discourse Concerning Prayer Ex tempore, or, By pretence of the Spirit, In justification of Authorized and Set-formes of Lyturgie., TAYLOR, JEREMY.
16 TAYLOR, JEREMY. A Discourse Concerning Prayer Ex tempore, or, By pretence of the Spirit, In justification of Authorized and Set-formes of Lyturgie.
1646 good bound pamphlet Quarto, 14.7 x 16.8cm. 17TH-ENG 
Jeremy Taylor on "Ex tempore Prayer," 1646


TAYLOR, JEREMY. A Discourse Concerning Prayer Ex tempore, or, By pretence of the Spirit, In justification of Authorized and Set-formes of Lyturgie. I Cor. 14.32. [2 lines in Greek] And the spirits of the Prophets are subject to the Prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all Churches of the Saints. Printed in the Yeere, MDCXLVI [1646--note the roman numeral date is printed with turned c's] Quarto, 14.7 x 16.8cm. $225.00

Pamphlet bound full modern black leather with new endpapers, modern bookplate of M.S. Carothers on front paste-down endpaper, title creased and soiled with small tear in margin--partial vertical tear in crease repaired with archival paper as well as two small marginal tears, dampstain in inside & bottom margin of first few pages, light foxing. Book label of Graham Pollard on verso of title.

Collation: A-E4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, 1-38pp. Variant with a comma after the word Spirit on line 6 of the title. Other variant has a period. Wing T312. Online ESTC cit. no. R201249 with 7 libraries in the U.K. and 6 in the U.S. including Folger Shakespeare.

Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667) Church of England bishop and writer. "He was a chaplin in the royalist army in 1642. After imprisonment for a short time, he retired to Wales in 1645 where he lived as chaplain to Lord Carbery at Golden Grove. Many of Taylor's best works were written here... Taylor's fame to-day rests almost entirely on his devotional writings..."--Cross: Oxford Dict. of the Christian Church, p.1325. Taylor's work on extempore prayer is a response to "this book which the Assembly of Divines is pleased to call The Directory for Prayer." He argues against the use of extempore prayer quoting among others scriptures such as Eccles. 5.2 "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter anything before God, for God is in heaven and thou upon earth, therefore let thy words be few."
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