Title: Of the Institution of the Sacrament of the ...
Publisher: Printed by W. Stansby, for Robert Mylbourne in Pauls Church-yard at the signe of the Grey-hound,, London
Publication Date: 1631
Book Condition: Very Good+
Edition: First Edition.
Mortonís controversial views on the sacramental representation of the Eucharist, in a period calf bound for a Knight of the Garter. First Edition. Folio (275 x 180mm). Pagination: , 1-255 (verso blank), 1-143, , (verso blank). Caption title: "The sixth booke" begins new pagination on (A)1r. Signatures: [par](4); A(6); B-KK(4); (A)-(V) (4). Woodcut chapter head and tail-pieces and opening initials on dedicatory leaf, advertisement and chapter openings, depicting ornamental masks, foliage, fruit and fantastic animals. Full period speckled period English calf embossed with English heraldic device and motto "Honi soit mal y pense," the motto of the Order of the Garter, period morocco label to spine "Morton on Ye Sacr." (joints splitting, some small chips, edges somewhat browned, most severe at beginning, otherwise good). This coat of arms belongs to someone who was a Knight of the Garter of prestigious rank since the arms are topped by a coronet. Pictorial bookplate to front pastedown and ink stamp to front free endpaper and title of the Pacific School of Religion. Thomas Morton was Bishop of Durham and well connected at the court of James I. As a realist with nominalist philosophical assumptions, Morton denied transubstantiation, or the corporal presence of Christ in the Eucharist, as well as, maintained that Christís words at the Last Supper ("do this in remembrance of me"), were simply figurative and not literal. He argued that the faithful receive Christís body and blood spiritually by faith, as a figurative model of presence, as a purely spiritual act. In his Institutionum, Morton separates the bread and the wine and the body and blood of Christ into self-contained entities, signified and sealed. Yet there is some lack of consistency in Mortonís treatment regarding transubstantiation and he was criticized for having confused and divergent thoughts regarding the matter. Perhaps Morton was distracted by the power of the polemic against the Catholic Church, a church he saw no opportunity of establishing toleration and reconciliation. Others see Mortonís writings as unifying despite their hostility. An important 17th century English work by a prominent and well-published bishop with controversial, anti-papist views, in good form with solid chivalric connections. Bookseller Inventory # D8970
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