VERY RARE FIRST EDITION IN RARE ORIGINAL STATE. With an engraved title-page featuring the Arms of James I, woodcut headpieces to the dedication, contents, and first page of the text (repeated) and two 6 line engraved historiated initials (repeated) and a smaller tailpiece at the end of the contents. Folio, bound in an antique parchment manuscript sheet of music in Latin, written on all sides and featuring large rubricated initials and letters in red and blue, bound with cord and unmarked on the spine, edges untrimmed and in full original state. [A1-8], 270 pp. An especially well preserved copy of this rare printing in full original state, the text extremely clean, fresh, unpressed and with a rich impression. The title-page and final leaf with a bit of edge wear, some corner folding throughout, a few occasional minor tears or paper flaws including a chip to leaf Z6 which nips the page numbering only. VERY RARE FIRST EDITION. NO COPIES KNOWN IN THE MARKETPLACE AND MANY, MANY YEARS SINCE A COPY HAS APPEARED. THE FIRST PRINTING OF BOOK FIVE OF HOOKER'S MOST IMPORTANT WORK. THE LONGEST OF THE 8 BOOKS, THIS VOLUME LONGER THEN THE FIRST FOUR BOOKS COMBINED. Hooker (?1554-1600) was the first great defender of Anglicanism, and his great prose work, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, provided the foundation for his defense of the Church of England as established in Queen Elizabeth's reign. "Hooker never raises his voice. He is eloquent and calm, a man of great learning and deep humility in a period of passionate and violent advocacy who had the wisdom to perceive--and the courage to say--that no one form of church government is prescribed as an immutable pattern by Scriptures and that the Church is an organic institution whose rules and administrations can change with time and circumstance" (Camb. Guide to English Literature). The LAWES is remembered not only for its stature as a monumental work of Anglican thought, but also for its influence in the development of theology, political theory, and English prose (being one of the first major works of theology written in English). Of matters contained in the Fifth Book are the following: I. True religion is the root of all true virtues and the stay of all well-ordered commonwealths. II. The most extreme opposite to true Religion is affected Atheism. III. Of Superstition, and the root thereof, either misguided zeal, or ignorant fear of divine glory. IV. Of the redress of superstition in Godís Church, and concerning the question of this book. And a host of other important questions addressed by Hooker including specifics concerned with developing a viable political theory and polity. As a rector and following appointments Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire and Kent Hooker became a man of great influence in the founding days Church of England. He is considered by many to be a cofounder of Anglican theological philosophy, and one of the most important English theologians of the sixteenth century. The first four books of this, his greatest work, were published in 1594. This fifth book was the last published in his lifetime. Books 6, 7, and 8 were published posthumously in the 17th century and may not be his own writings. The first collected edition was published in 1617. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: LAWES OF ECCLESIASTICAL POLITIE. The Fift ...
Publisher: London by John Windet 1597
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