The Gentlemanís Calling

ALLESTREE, Richard (1619-1681)]

Published by Printed by R. Norton, for T.[imothy] Garthwait, London, 1662
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Title: The Gentlemanís Calling

Publisher: Printed by R. Norton, for T.[imothy] Garthwait, London

Publication Date: 1662

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition


1662 [1671]. 8vo (150 x 93mm). Three-quarter calf over marbled paper boards, spine stamped with title in gilt; (frontispiece trimmed and laid-in, edges trimmed close, somewhat browned; covers and front and back pages loose but present, corners bumped, rubbed). [xxiv] 176pp., [4]. Double-page engraved frontispiece and title, with allegorical figures Nobility and Religion and scenes in architectural frames, dated 1660, the date of the First Edition. Two additional engraved plates of prophets Jeremiah and Zedekiah. Preface initialed by Hum. H. (Humphrey Henchman, 1592-1675, Bishop of London). Booksellerís ticket to front pastedown "Sold by Robert Ogle/ Bookseller & Stationery Edinburgh"; Inscribed "Edw. Olmsted" to front-free endpaper in 18th-century hand. Booksellerís ticket John Penington & Son Philadelphia, to front-free endpaper. This perennially popular handbook, originally published in 1660, ran through 12 editions by 1671 (the present edition) and a further ten editions were issued by 1696. Although the book is anonymous, it has been speculated for many years that one of the authors is Richard Allestree, a Royalist clergyman. Allestree was a canon of Christ Church whose loyalty was rewarded during the Restoration with the placement position of Chaplain to the King. In his lifetime, he was also credited with authorship of the influential "The Whole Duty of Man" (London: Garthwait, 1658) and "The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety." The popular 17th-century guidebook, "The Gentlemanís Calling" declared that elite men should find a calling in life. The author dispensed various advice on all parts of learning; the modern and learned languages, rhetoric, philosophy, mathematics, history, antiquity, morality and divinity. This insightful treatise discusses various attributes of men, namely those "advantages" of education, wealth, time, authority, reputation and appropriate conduct. The work was variously attributed to Lady Dorothy Pakington (d.1679), Richard Sterne (c.1596-1683), and Allestreeís biographer, Bishop John Fell (1625-1686). Includes a section titled "Private Devotions" (pp. 167-176) with separate title with imprint London, 1663. Early edition of this manual for proper gentlemanly conduct and self-improvement. A good copy, complete with engraved extra title-page. Wing A1112A. Bookseller Inventory # D3095

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