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1 AVERANI, Benedetto (1645-1707). Benedicti Averanii Florentini in Pisano Lyceo Litterarum Humaniorum Professoris Opera Latina Regiae Celsitudini Cosmi III. Magni Etruriae Ducis dicata.
Florence: Typis Regiae Celsitudinis, Sumptibus Cajetani Tartinii & Sanctis Franchii, 1717. ¶ 
Three volumes. Tall 4to. [xxviii], 68, 476; [iv], 405, [3], 263, [1]; [ii], 265-310, 494 pp. Index, Vol. I engraved frontispiece by Cosmo Mogalli, after a printing by the Florentine artist Pietro Dandini (1646-1712), title-page vignette (signed Av.w.], Vols. II & III engraved title-page portrait medallion; prominent marginal water-stain especially to lower corners all vols., not affecting legibility. Original full calf, gilt-stamped spines and cover edges, 6 raised bands; worn, hinges cracked with leather chipped, spine heads missing pieces, Vol. I free front end-paper loose, small half-title tear. Theological Institute of Connecticut blind-stamps to first and last few pages. Very good (noting water-stains). RARE. FIRST EDITION complete in 3 volumes of Benedetto’s exceedingly scarce Opera Latina, “a posthumous collection of his Latin works, edited by his brothers” (SDUK, Vol. 4, p. 286). The work contains poetry, lectures, and dissertations on epistemology, philosophy, and theology, as well as discussions of Greek and Roman scholars including Livi, Virgil, Cicero, Thucydides, and Euripides. “Averani’s printed Lectures, occupying the first and second volumes of his collected Latin works, possess indeed no inconsiderable merit, and may still be perused with advantage; but they show him to have been better fitted for familiarizing the minds of youth with facts and principles developed by others, than for extending the sphere of knowledge by original researches. …The best parts of the lectures are desultory discussions on ancient customs or points of history. …His two volumes contain eighty-six lectures on the Greek Anthology, fifty-eight on Thucydides, and twenty-six on Euripides; after which come thirty-one lectures on Livy, forty-five on Virgil, and ninety-eight on Cicero, which are perhaps the most valuable of the series” (SDUK, Vol. 4, p. 286). In 1676, Averani became professor of Greek at the University of Pisa. “As a teacher of the languages and antiquities of Greece and Rome, Averani was in the highest degree popular and successful. In the earlier part of his academical career, his enthusiasm was even powerful enough to do something towards reviving the neglected study of Greek. Afterwards, while he filled the chair of Latin, for which he had qualified himself by philological studies much more systematic and exact, he enjoyed a more general reputation than any other professor in the university” (SDUK, Vol. 4, p. 286). The work is dedicated to Cosimo III (1642-1723), a Medici and Grand Duke of Tuscany during the time of Benedetto. This was likely a nod to formality rather than an expression of real gratitude, as Cosimo was maintained a rather neutral attitude towards academia or the arts. Though “Cosimo had other things to attend to besides the encouragement of intellectual progress, he did not allow them to interfere with it. Francesco Redi, Averani, Gualtieri, Piero Antonio Micheli, and Giambattista Nelli belong to this epoch. …[The] study of languages, poetry, and elegance was brought into fashion again by Benedetto Averani, the two Salvini, Menzini, Filicaia, Canon Mozzi, Govi, Father Politi, and Lami, to mention only the most celebrated” (Yriarte, pp. 114-115). The frontispiece portrait is a nice example of Cosmo Mogalli’s (1667-1730) work. Mogalli was an Italian designer and engraver born in Florence. “He was instructed in design by Giovanni Battista Foggini, a Florentine sculptor, and applied himself chiefly to engraving. …He executed part of the plates for a book of Etruscan antiquities, published at Florence in 1724, by Thomas Dempster; and was employed, in conjunction with Antonio Lorenzini and others, to engrave the plates for the ‘Museo Fiorentino’” (Bryan, p. 160). ¶ Bryan, Michael, Dictionary of Painters and Engravers: Biographical and Critical, Vol. 2, London: George Bell and Sons, 1889; Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, The Biographical Dictionary of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Vol. 4, London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1844; Yriarte, Charles, Florence, Vol. I, New York: Merrill and Baker, 1897. – EXTRA POSTAGE WILL APPLY. First Edition. 
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2 BARBOUR, Ian. Religion in an Age of Science. The Gifford Lectures 1989-1991, volume one.
San Francisco: HarperCollins, (1990). 0060603836 / 9780060603830 
8vo. xv, 297 pp. Printed wrappers. Fine. Barbour was Bean Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Carleton College. ISBN: 0060603836 / 0-06-060383-6 
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3 BARROW, William (1754-1836). Eight Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford in the Year 1799, at the Lecture founded by the Rev. John Bampton, M.A., Late Canon of Salisbury.
London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington…, 1799. 
8vo. xvi, [8], 412 pp. Occasional foxing, a few minor ink margin notes in Contents. Original half calf, marbled boards; covers off, lacks spine. Ownership blind embossed stamps on first last few leaves, including title. Disbound, but generally good internally. VERY SCARCE. First edition. Subtitle: Sermons containing answers to some popular objections against the necessity or the credibility of the Christian Revelation. These were offered at the Bampton Lectures. Among the sermons printed here are, “On the Probability that God has revealed his will to Mankind; that his Revelation is the Foundation of all Religion amongst them; and that the History, the Doctrines, and the Precepts of this Revelation are contained in the Old Testament.” Also: “On the mysterious Doctrines of Christianity.” “William Barrow (1754-1836) archdeacon of Nottingham, …. [who] was much indebted to [William] Paley’s [1743-1805] writings which he described as sermons for ‘general perusal than lectures for a learned society’. In them he popularizes the arguments for the necessity and probability of a divine revelation to man, shows that the doctrines and precepts of the Christian religion are favourable to the enjoyments of the present life (‘not Christianity but intemperance being hostile to felicity’), and, with regard to prayer, deems it probable that ‘the Almighty in consequence of our prayers interferes with the laws of nature.’ He further shows that the course of nature is regular, but our conduct irregular, and that ‘reason is not degraded by revelation but assisted and exalted…” REFERENCES: DNB, p. 1228; Monthly Review, 1800, p. 160; WorldCat. First Edition. 
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4 BAUMAN, Michael (ed.). Man and Creation; Perspectives on Science and Theology.
Hillsdale: Hillsdale College Press, (1993). 091630874X / 9780916308742 
Series: The Christian Vision. 8vo. vi, 306 pp. Index. Printed wrappers. Very good. Includes: Numbers, Ronald L., “The Evolution of Scientific Creationism.” ISBN: 091630874X / 0-916308-74-X 
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5 BAUMGARTEN, Siegmund Jakob (1706-1757) & Christian Ernst von WINDHEIM (1722-1766). Disputatio de Paullo Gentium Apostolo Contra Thomam Morganum.
Halae Magdeburgicae (now Halle an der Saale, Germany): Emanuelis Schneideri, 1745. 
8vo. [4], LXXVI pp. Bound into modern library paper-backed boards with cloth tape; worn, original text-block clean with slightly soiled first and last pages, some edge wear, gutter of title torn. RARE. Very good (text). Baumgarten was a German protestant theologian and brother of the philosopher Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714-1762). He “was a follower of the philosophical teachings of Christian Wolff (1679-1754), and is regarded as a transitional theologian from the Pietism of Philipp Jakob Spener (1635-1705) and August Hermann Francke (1663-1727) to that of modern rationalism. He was a prodigious writer and published works on exegesis, hermeneutics, dogmatics and history. He was author of the first sixteen volumes of the Allgemeine Welthistorie (General World History), which after his death, was continued by his assistant Johann Salomo Semler (1725-1791)” (Wiki.pedia). Von Windheim was of noble birth, and studied philosophy, theology, and law at the University of Halle. He taught at the Universities of Helmstedt and Göttingen before becoming a professor of philosophy and oriental languages at the University of Erlangen. According to WorldCat, this piece is held by just 8 libraries, all in Germany. See: Martin Schloemann, Siegmund Jacob Baumgarten: System und Geschichte in der Theologie des Überganges zum Neuprotestantismus (Forschungen zur Kirchen- und Dogmengeschichte), Gottingen, 1974. 
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6 BELLARMINE, Robert (1542-1621). Roberti Bellarmini Politiani, Societatis Jesu S.R.E. Cardinalis, Explanatio in Psalmos.
Venice: Thomas Bettinelli sub Signo S. Ignatii, 1747. 
Very tall 8vo. [viii], 542 pp. Engraved title-page vignette, initials, head and tail-pieces; marginal staining and scattered foxing throughout, especially at first and last leaves. Contemporary vellum, gilt-stamped spine; right edges torn, spine head missing a piece, extremities worn. Very good. This is a later edition of Bellarmine’s commentary on the Book of Psalms that was first published in 1611. “Bellarmino had actively promoted the use of the natural world as a means to spiritual edification already in one of his earlier books, the Explanatio in Psalmos of 1611. This was a textbook for preachers used for the instruction of the general public” (Witte, p. 101). REFERENCES: Healey, Robin Patrick, Italian Literature Before 1900 in English Translation: An Annotated Bibliography, 1929-2008, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011; Witte, Alexander Arnold, The Artful Hermitage: The Palazzetto Farnese as a Counter-reformation Diaeta, Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider, 2008. 
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7 BOLTON, Robert & Nicolas ESTWICK. Mr. Boltons Last and Learned Worke of the Foure last Things, Death, Judgement, Hell, and Heaven. With his Assise-Sermons, and Notes on Justice Nicolls his Funerall. Together with the Life and Death of the Authour. Published by E.B. And re-viewed, with Marginall Notes, and an Alphabeticall Table added thereunto. Hereunto is added the Sermon at M. Boltons Funerall, by M. Nic. Estwick. London: Printed by George Miller, 1639. [bound with]: [Some Generall Directions for a comfortable walking with God: delivered in the lecture at Kettering in North-Hamptonshire, with enlargement: by Robert Bolton, Batchelor in Divinitie, and preacher of Gods Word at Broughton in the same county. The fifth edition: corrected and amended; with a table thereunto annexed. London: John Legatt, for Edmund Weaver, 1638.] [Lacks A1-6]. [bound with]: Two Sermons Preached at Northampton at two severall assises there. … London: Printed by George Miller, 1639. [bound with]: A Learned and Godly Sermon Preached on the XIX. Day of December,
London: Printed by George Miller, 1639. 
2 works in 1 volume. Small 4to. Collation: A2 [-A1 port.], a-c8,d2; B-R8, S4, T4 [misplaced at end]; [General Directions] B-2B8, 2C6; [Two Sermons] A-N4; [Learned And Godly]A-I4; Pagination: [iii-iv], [x], 41, [1], 264; 224, 227-390, [8]; [6], 97, [1]; [2], 70, [7], [1] pp. Modern full dark calf, six spine bands, gilt title;19th-century ink note on first leaf, marginalia on first leaf, some minor stains; Lacks Meditationes in diebus dominicus de vita futura (as often). Generall Directions lacks A1-6 prefatory matter & t.p. Good. Fourth edition of the first book; fifth edition of the second. Four works bound together. ¶ Robert Bolton (1572-1631), Church of England clergyman. “His mental outlook was transformed by the pains of his spiritual rebirth, in which God came ‘not by any soft and still voice, but in terrible tempests and thunder, the Lord running upon him as a giant, taking him by the neck and shaking him to pieces as he did Job; beating him to the very ground, as he did Paul, by laying before him the ugly visage of his sins’ (Bagshawe, pp.15-16). ¶ From many months of temptations and suffering Bolton emerged with unshakeable convictions, but he never forgot the torment his conscience had suffered. Thus it was that ‘though in his preaching he was a son of thunder, yet unto bruised reeds and those that mourned in spirit, he was as sweet a son of consolation as ever I heard’ . Indeed, conceded Anthony Wood, ‘he was sought to far and near, and divers beyond the seas’ came to him for relief from the doubts that afflicted their consciences (Wood, Ath. Oxon., 2.515). ¶ Several of Bolton’s works reflect a deep preoccupation with the inner life of the saint, not least in their titles: Some General Directions for a Comfortable Walking with God; Instructions for a Right Comforting Afflicted Consciences; A Cordiall for Christians in the Time of Affliction. There is no doubt that Bolton’s ministry was directed at a minority of that minority who conventionally saw themselves as good people in the sight of God: there was ‘no hope for the drunkard, the swearer, the liar, the usurer, the unclean person, the sabbath breaker, the sacrilegious, simonical, and sinners of such infamous rank,’ though he spoke with grief rather than anger of the sins of his flock. Yet ‘many thousands’ of others falsely supposed that, being free ‘from gross and notorious sins,’ and having ‘civil honesty, a formal profession of Christianity, outward performances of religious seriousness, that then their case is good enough for heaven, though there be wanting the saving power of inward sanctification, and the truth of a sound conversion.’ And he pointed instead to ‘a paradise of Christian comforts, a royal peculiar, a victorious simplicity, a neglected innocency, a marvellous light, an invisible kingdom, an heaven upon earth; which I call the state of grace’ (Bolton, Discourse, sig. A3).” 
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8 BOSTON, Thomas (ca. 1676-1732). An Illustration of the Doctrines of the Christian religion, with respect to Faith and Practice, upon the plan of the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism. Comprehending a Complete Body of Divinity.
Edinburgh: Printed by Schaw and Pillans, for the Reverend Joseph Johnston, 1796. 
Second edition. Volume II (of III). Small 4to. 495 pp. Lacks front ffep; leaves soiled, stained and a bit worn, with small gutter tear near p. 6. Original full calf; extremities heavily worn. As is. 
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9 BOUTATTS, Pieter Balthasar (1666-1756). [Engraved plate].
[No location given: no publisher given, c. 1719]. 
365 x 241 mm. Engraved leaf, mounted. Fine. This large engraving shows the Acts of the Saints, depicting a female figure seated at the top of the page, being presented volumes labeled by month (January through July). On either side of the unfurled scroll on which the title is printed, are women. The left figure, sporting a star on her forehead, is directing the delivery of the monthly books, while the other is creating fire with a magnifying glass. Both women stand atop two short columns with the text “Edutitio Antiqua Reduco” and “Veritas Obscura Revelo.” A young cherub and a winged old man (eating paper?) complete the image at the bottom. 
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10 Bouttats, Pieter Balthasar (1666-1755/6) (engraver), active in Antwerp and Brussels. [Engraved plate] Acta sanctorum mensis Iulius.
[Place]: [date unidentified, ca. (1700-1719)]. 
(365 x 241 mm) Engraved leaf, mounted, by Pieter Balthasar Boultats. This large engraving shows the Acts of the Saints, depicting a female figure seated at the top of the page, being presented volumes labeled by month (January through July). On either side of the unfurled scroll on which the title is printed, are women, The left figure with a star on her forehead is directing the promoting the delivery of the monthly books, the other creating fire with a curved magnifying glass – these figures atop two short columns with the text “Eruditio Antiqua Reduco” and “Veritas Obscrua Revelo”. A young cherub and a winged old man (eating paper?) complete the image at the bottom. 
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11 BROOKE, John Hedley. Science and Religion; Some Historical Perspectives.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1993). 0521239613 / 9780521239615 
8vo. x, 422 pp. Figs., index. Black cloth. Ink ownership signature of David C. Lindberg. Fine. RARE IN CLOTH. “One of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world--the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief--is reviewed in the context of recent scholarship in the history of science. One of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world is the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. It is common knowledge that in Western societies there have been periods of crisis when new science has threatened established religious authority. The trial of Galileo in 1633 and the uproar caused by Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) are two famous examples. Taking account of recent scholarship in the history of science, Professor Brooke takes a fresh look at these and similar episodes, showing that science and religion have been mutually relevant in such a rich variety of ways that simple generalizations are not possible. Standing back from general theses affirming "conflict" or "harmony," which have so often served partisan interests, the author's object is to reveal the subtlety, complexity, and diversity of the interaction of science and religion as it has taken place in the past and in the twentieth century. Instead of treating science and religion as discrete definable entities, his approach is sensitive to shifting boundaries and willing to consider the contexts in which particular forms of science could be used both for religious and secular ends. The result is that, without assuming specialist knowledge, Brooke provides a wide-ranging study from the Copernican innovation to in vitro fertilization.” ISBN: 0521239613 / 0-521-23961-3 
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12 BRUNTON, T. Lauder. The Bible and science.
London: Macmillan & Co., 1881. 
8vo. xxiv, 415 pp. Original green cloth, gilt-stamped spine title; spine ends chipped, corners showing, inner hinges cracked. Bookplates of Clementis B. Bergin Wright and Rev. C. B. B. Wright. Good. 
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13 CHANDLER, Edward, Bishop of Coventry & Litchfield. A Defense of Christianity From The Prophecies Of The Old Testament; Wherein are considered All the Objections against this kind of proof, Advanced in a Late Discourse of the Grounds and Reasons of the Christian Religion.
London: James and John Knapton, 1725. 
8vo. Collation: A-2C8. Pagination: [8], vi, [2], xvii, [1], 366, [2], [4 ads] pp. Contemporary paneled calf, five raised bands, gilt spine compartments, maroon gilt-stamped title label; label chipped, spine ends chipped, shelf worn. Armorial bookplate of George Baillie, Lord of the Treasury, 1724. Very good copy. Second edition, with a “Summary View of the whole Argument”. Provenance: George Baillie (1664-1738), of Jerviswood, Lanark, held positions as Lord of Trade 1710-12, Lord of Admiralty 1714-17, and Lord of Treasury 1717-25, “George Baillie’s father was executed in 1684 on a charge of complicity in the Rye House plot. After the execution Baillie fled to Holland with his father’s political associate, Sir Patrick Hume, whose daughter he married. Returning with William of Orange, he played a prominent part in Scotland as a leader of the Squadrone, whose votes gave the Act of Union a majority in the Edinburgh Parliament. Elected to the first British Parliament on the interest of his father-in-law, now Earl of Marchmont, he represented Berwickshire as a Whig for 26 years, according to his daughter ‘without its ever costing him a shilling except a dinner the day of the election’.1 Appointed lord of the Admiralty at George I’s accession, he was one of the ten ‘chief men in place’ in the new House of Commons,2 seconding the impeachment of Lord Strafford in 1715 and speaking for the Government on the vote for measures against Sweden, 9 Apr. 1717. Promoted to the new Treasury board which was formed on Walpole’s resignation a week later, he retained his office after Walpole’s return to the Treasury in 1721, acting as consultant on matters relating to Scotland.3 In 1723 he describes himself as wishing well to Walpole, who professed a personal regard for him, but as ‘now quite out of business’ and ready to ‘make room for others’.4 Turned out when the Squadrone element in the ministry was replaced by the adherents of the Duke of Argyll and Lord Ilay in May 1725 with a pension equal to his salary,5 he is not recorded as voting in the next Parliament. From May 1731 to October 1733 he was in Italy with his wife.6 Standing down in 1734, he died 6 Aug. 1738.” – The History of Parliament. 
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14 CHILLINGWORTH, William. The Religion of Protestants A Safe Way to Salvation. Or an answer to a booke entitled mercy and truth, or, charity maintain’d by Catholiques, which pretends to prove the contrary.
Oxford: Printed by Leonard Lichfield, and are to be sold by Iohn Clarke, 1638. Signed
4to. [xxxii], 413, [1] pp. Leaf 3 [verso] signed “Henry Gibbe a Churchwardin”; ffep also extensively inscribed (signed multiple times): “Ralph Tasker 1665 … Ralph Tasker His Book 1717: May ye 17: Elizabeth Hawkins … Let unity and peace allways abound That we with Christ forever may be crowned … To love each Neighbour as our brother.” Page 67 (recto) inscribed in margin: A Man his Mind should never sett a upon a thing hee cannot get …. By Robto: Duncombo J. Wiggonton, 1705.” [?] – see also p. 170: “Robert Duncombe … my name and in my name is no … R” p. 171: “Elzzabeth Ronningo, Daniell Westfield, Elizabeth Westfield is my name … and you may Westfield”; various early ink marginalia throughout. Contemporary dark calf, maroon title spine label; neatly rebacked preserving original spine, corners bumped, edgewear to preliminary leaves. Generally very good. FIRST EDITION of the author’s great work, admired by John Locke as a model of clarity, much reprinted and discussed, and marked an epoch in English theology. “His major work was an intervention in another controversy, undertaken in defense of Christopher Potter, Provost of The Queen’s College, Oxford, against the Jesuit Edward Knott. Potter had replied in 1633 to Knott’s Charity Mistaken (1630), and Knott retaliated with Mercy and Truth, which Chillingworth attempted to answer. Knott brought out a preemptive pamphlet tending to show that Chillingworth was a Socinian. Chillingworth wrote The Religion of Protestants while staying at Great Tew, owned by Lucius Cary (by then Lord Falkland). Laud, now Archbishop of Canterbury, was anxious about Chillingworth’s reply to Knott, and at his request it was examined by Richard Baily, John Prideaux, and Samuel Fell, and published with their approval in 1637, with the title The Religion of Protestants a Safe Way to Salvation. ¶ “The main argument is a vindication of the sole authority of the Bible in spiritual matters, and of the free right of the individual conscience to interpret it. In the preface Chillingworth expresses his new view about subscription to the articles. “For the Church of England,” he there says, “I am persuaded that the constant doctrine of it is so pure and orthodox, that whosoever believes it, and lives according to it, undoubtedly he shall be saved, and that there is no error in it which may necessitate or warrant any man to disturb the peace or renounce the communion of it. This, in my opinion, is all intended by subscription.”“ – Wikip. ¶ William Chillingworth (1602-1644), born in Oxford and the godson of William Laud, scholar and later fellow of Trinity College (1628), Oxford. Known to be controversial, a skillful orator, he embraced Romanism and went to Douay in 1630, returning to Oxford in 1631, abjured Romanism in 1634. ¶ “He attacked the Romanist assumption of certainty by a keen analysis of the grounds of belief, which he regarded primarily as intellectual assent; he drew clear distinctions between different kinds of evidence, between probable and necessary inferences, between moral and intellectual error. He argued on behalf of free enquiry.” – Dictionary of National Biography. ¶ PROVENANCE: It is compelling that page 170 is signed with the name “Robert Duncombe” who is perhaps Robert Duncombe Shafto [aka “Shaftoe”]. “The original Bobby Shafto has been identified with a resident of Hollybrook, County Wicklow, Ireland, who died in 1737. It was used by the supporters of Robert Shafto (sometimes spelt Shaftoe), who was an eighteenth-century British Member of Parliament (MP) for County Durham (c. 1730-97), and later the borough of Downton in Wiltshire. The song is said to relate the story of how he broke the heart of Bridget Belasyse of Brancepeth Castle, County Durham, where his brother Thomas was rector, when he married Anne Duncombe of Duncombe Park in Yorkshire. Bridget Belasyse is said to have died two weeks after hearing the news.” – Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd edn., 1997), pp. 90-1. [See Wikipedia]. STC5138. First Edition. 
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15 Church of England. The Thirty Nine Articles, and the Constitutions and Canons, of the Church of England; Together with Several Acts of Parliament and Proclamations Concerning Ecclesiastical Matters, That Were Not in the Former Editions, Some Whereof Are to Be Read in Churches. To Which Are Added Several Injunctions of His Majesty to the Clergy of this Kingdom, and the Directions of the Arch-Bishop of Canterbury to the Clergy of His Province.
London: John Baskett, 1724. 
8vo. [iv], 167, [4], [1 blank] pp. Original mottled calf, later papered spine, ink holograph spine title; spine ends missing pieces, front cover detached, rear joint cracked, corners showing. Free front end-paper ink signature of Abijah Northey, title-page ink signature of Hallis, ink initials “EK” verso rear free end-paper. Essex Institute bookplate, “Presented by Estate of Abijah Northey.” As is. FIRST EDITION of this text outlining Church of England tenets and related English legislature. PROVENANCE: Abijah Northey (1741-1816) was a successful American silversmith born in Salem, MA. He was apparently the owner of at least one trading brig, the Augusta, whose log book, recorded by his son, Abijah Northey, Jr. (1774-1853), is held by the Peabody Essex Museum. See: WorldCat identities, Abijah Northey. Historical Collections of the Essex Institute, 1864, p.107. First Edition. 
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16 COFFIN, Paul (b. 1759). A Sermon, Preached Before His Honor Moses Gill, Esq., Lieutenant-Governor, the Honorable the Council, Senate, and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. May 29, 1799, Being the Day of General Election.
Boston: Young & Minns, 1799. 
Later plain wrappers. 31 pp. Mild staining or scattered foxing throughout. Very good. Coffin, a reverend from Buxton, ME (then still a district of MA), delivered this sermon before the Massachusetts legislature on the day of the 1798-99 election for candidates to the House of Representatives. Though Coffin supported incumbent John Adams and his Federalist party, which gained 3 seats overall, Congress ultimately handed the presidency to Thomas Jefferson after a close election in 1800. Full of inspirational exposition on the role of government and statesmanship. One sentiment holds particularly true today: “Every man in office should be possessed of probity and firmness, and a friend to mankind and righteousness. The laws of a country may be wise and good; yet, when the actions of men are tried by them, they may be twisted and perverted, so that the innocent shall suffer, and the guilty be acquitted. The laws shall have ‘a meaning never meant,’ owing to some vague expressions in the frame of them; or some other handle will be made use of to the same purpose. Hence the importance of integrity in the judicial department” (11-12 pp.). REFERENCES: Evans, Charles, Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800, Readex, No. 35317. 
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17 CONSER, Walter H., Jr. God and the Natural World; Religion and Science in Antebellum America.
(Columbia): University of South Carolina Press, (1993). 087249893X / 9780872498938 
8vo. x, 191 pp. Illus., bibliography, index. Navy blue silver-stamped cloth, dust-jacket. Fine. ISBN: 087249893X 
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18 CRANMER, Thomas (1489-1556) & John STRYPE (1643-1737). Memorials of the Most Reverend Father in God, Thomas Cranmer, sometime Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. Wherein the History of the Church, and the Reformation of it, during the Primacy of the said Archbishop, are greatly Illustrated; and many singular matters relating thereunto, now First Published.
London: Richard Chiswell, 1694. 
3 books in 1 vol. (with appendix). 4to. [xii], xii, [20], 467, [1], 271, [1] pp. Title printed in red and black. Frontispiece portrait of Cranmer after Hans Holbein the Younger [without inscription], 5 engraved portrait plates. Original full calf, gilt-stamped brown leather spine label, 5 raised bands; worn, rear hinge cracked, front cover along with frontispiece and free front-endpaper detached. Theological Institute of Connecticut bookplate, matching blind-stamps to first and last few pages, associated presentation signature from Dea. Samuel Stone [Deacon]. Bookseller’s ticket: J. Leslie, Theological Bookseller, London. As is, internally very good. FIRST EDITION of English historian John Strype’s biography of Cranmer and presentation of the former archbishop’s personal papers. “Strype’s biography of the Archbishop, one of his principal works, paints a detailed portrait of Thomas Cranmer as ‘the greatest instrument under God of the happy Reformation of the Church of England’” (Ayris & Selwyn, p. ix). “Cranmer’s first major biographer, John Strype, gave an eloquent description of him as, ‘the first protestant archbishop of this kingdom, and the greatest instrument, under God, of the happy Reformation and of this Church of England: in whose piety, learning, wisdom, conduct, and blood, the foundation of it was laid’” (Hall, p. 2). Cranmer “was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I. He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which was one of the causes of the separation of the English Church from union with the Holy See. Along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm” (Wiki.pedia). REFERENCES: Ayris, Paul & David Selwyn, eds., Thomas Cranmer: Churchman and Scholar, Woodbridge, 1999; Edwards, Richard M., Scriptural Perspicuity in the Early English Reformation in Historical Theology, 2009; ESTC R17780; Hall, Basil, “Cranmer’s Relations with Erasmianism and Lutheranism,” [in] Thomas Cranmer: Churchman and Scholar, Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 1999, 2-38 pp.; Pollard, Albert Frederick, Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation, 1489-1556, London, 1904; Wing S60024. First Edition. 
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19 CYPRIAN, Saint, Bishop of Carthage [Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus] )(200-258 A.D.). S. Caecilii Cypriani Opera Recognita & Illustrata a Joanne Fello, Oxoniensi episcopo. Accedunt Annales Cyprianici, sive, Tredecim annorum, quibus S. Cyprianus inter Christianos versatus est, brevis historia chronologice delineata a Joanne Pearsonio, Cestriensi episcopo. Editio tertia cui additae sunt dissertationes Cyprianicae Henrici Dodwelli.
Amstelodami, apud Joannem Ludovicum de Lorme, 1700. 
¶ Tall quarto. [8], 20, [48], 58, 280, 277-334, 222, [2], 177, [1] pp. Engraved illustration on title of the Sheldonian Theater, full-page engraved plate (facing p.1 [sometimes called the frontispiece]) showing the execution by decapitation of Cyprian. Original full blind-stamped vellum, black manuscript spine title; joints splitting, head and tail of spine chipped or missing, untouched. Good +. The text is comprised the Saint Cyprian’s collected works. It is copiously annotated by John Fell, with a life of Cyprian compiled by John Pearson (1613-1686). John Fell (1625-1686) supplied copious notes. The book represents the greatest of Fell’s contributions to patriotic scholarship and the exposition of the position of the Anglican Church. – Stanley Morison, John Fell, the University Press and the ‘Fell’ Types, pp. 48-9. Henry Dodwell’s Dissertationes Cyprianicae previously appeared separately in 1684, but reprinted in 1690. The martyrdom of Cyprian is of vital importance in Christian history. He was the first Christian martyr of the African continent who was imprisoned and beheaded by the sword in 258 A.D. for refusing sacrifice to pagan deities. “Gallus’s successor, the emperor Valerian, was at first sympathetic to the Christians, and for several years the Church enjoyed relative tranquility. It was during this time that St. Cyprian wrote a number of treatises which reflect his timeless and practical pastoral concerns: “On the Advantage of Patience,” “On Works and Alms,” “On Jealousy and Envy,” and “On Virginity.” But a member of Valerian’s court, the evilly ambitious Macrian, persuaded the emperor that the Christians were dangerous rivals and that their loyalty to the Church threatened the unity of the empire. The resulting persecution was directed primarily at the leaders of the Church, and in 257 Saint Cyprian was exiled to Curibis. There he had a vision, indicating that a year later he would be martyred. And indeed, just a year later Cyprian was brought to trial. From the recorded court proceedings, it is evident that he impressed all by his wonderful scorn of suffering. When the proconsul announced the death sentence, many of his flock, who had risked their lives to come for a final blessing, cried out, “Let us die with him!” Cyprian was beheaded on September 14, 258, becoming the first hieromartyr of the Church of Carthage. The Christians reverently buried his holy remains, which, in the reign of Charlemagne, were taken to France. We tend to think that the lives of martyrs, while inspiring, are not particularly relevant to us. In fact, martyrdom is the very essence of the Christian life. Whether or not we think the coming of Antichrist and the persecution of Christians is imminent, we would do well to heed the exhortations of Saint Cyprian and practice the martyrs’ marvelous and soul-saving detachment from this world that we too might bravely welcome death and with confidence cry out with the Seer of Mysteries, “Come, Lord Jesus!” – “Saint Cyprian of Carthage Inspiration of Martyrs” [web-page]. Cyprian described a plague that raged from 250 and went on for at least twenty years. “In 250 to 266, at the height of the outbreak, 5,000 people a day were said to be dying in Rome... Cyprian drew moralizing analogies in his sermons to the Christian community and drew a word picture of the plague’s symptoms in his essay De mortalitate (“On the Plague”):” [Wikipedia]. De mortalitate is found starting on page 110[-116] in the first book of Annales. “This trial, that now the bowels, relaxed into a constant flux, discharge the bodily strength; that a fire originated in the marrow ferments into wounds of the fauces; that the intestines are shaken with a continual vomiting; that the eyes are on fire with the injected blood; that in some cases the feet or some parts of the limbs are taken off by the contagion of diseased putrefaction; that from the weakness arising by the maiming and loss of the body, either the gait is enfeebled, or the hearing is obstructed, or the sight darkened;—is profitable as a proof of faith. What a grandeur of spirit it is to struggle with all the powers of an unshaken mind against so many onsets of devastation and death! what sublimity, to stand erect amid the desolation of the human race, and not to lie prostrate with those who have no hope in God; but rather to rejoice, and to embrace the benefit of the occasion; that in thus bravely showing forth our faith, and by suffering endured, going forward to Christ by the narrow way that Christ trod, we may receive the reward of His life and faith according to His own judgment!” - Cyprian, De Mortalitate, Translated by Ernest Wallis, 1885. Brunet II, p.459; Sir William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology, 1850, vol. 1, p. 912-915. 
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20 DAVIS, John Jefferson. The Frontiers of Science & Faith.
Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002. 0830826645 / 9780830826643 
8vo. 199 pp. Index. Printed wrappers. Good (some pages bent). ISBN: 0830826645 / 0-8308-2664-5 
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