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About this Item: London, W. Du-gard, 1650. 12mo. Bound in contemporary full calf with title-labels in leather with gilt lettering. Ex-libris pasted on to pasted down front free end-paper. Frontispiece of Rawleigh. A fine copy. (24), 574 pp. First abridged edition of Rawleigh's highly influential and widely read work 'The History of the World' (1614).This abbreviated edition, published posthumously, was intended for the "poorer citizens [who] could not afford the expensive folio volume in which the history was published." (Middle-class Culture in Elizabethan England, p. 325).Rawleigh himself states: "This Epitome hath this three fold advantage; it is more portable, more legible, and more vendible, then the great Book: This may bee a pocket companion, and it is soon read over; for everie one will not take pains to read great volumes, and manie cannot for want of leasure. There is also divers that have three of four shillings to bestow on this, which have not twentie or thirtie to impend upon the great Book." (From the preface to the present work). Sir Walter Raleigh (c. 1554 - 1618) was arrested at Exeter Inn, Ashburton, Devon and imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1603 due to alleged involvement in the Main Plot against King James. He remained in the tower until 1616. While imprisoned, he wrote many treatises and the first volume of The Historie of the World. He was beheaded in 1618. Seller Inventory # 45325

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The Marrow of Ecclesiastical Historie, Conteined in: Clark, Samuel

About this Item: William Du-gard, London, 1650. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Edition. This book is in good antiquarian condition. It has been handsomely rebound in 3/4 leather, marbled boards, endpapers renewed It is a small octavo and measures 5.25" x 7". It is packed with numerous engraved portrait plates, the portrait area on page 320 blank as issued. Pagination is as follows [32], 352, 363-378, 389-500, [8] pages, the gaps represent numbering errors when the book was printed, as per bibliographic references, but the book is complete. The paper shows minor age-toning and foxing, the last two pages with ink inscriptions and notes in a very early hand (see photo), small corner tears on two pages repaired, printing sharp, engraved portraits sharp and beautifully printed.This is a very pleasing and handsome copy of what appears to be the scarce first edition . Although Worldcat (OCLC) erroneously lists a 1649 edition, it is actually the 1650 first edition; the preface is dated December 1649, but the title page reads MDCL [1650], see also Lowndes, p473, as well The Spirituality of the Later English Puritans: An Anthology, introduction. There was a second portion printed also in 1650, an expanded edition in 1654 and further expanded edition in 1675, these are not included here. But there is something quite unusual about this book, in that the edition from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library which we checked this copy against does not include the full page portrait, which this edition does, but it does include a preliminary commendatory leaf, which this copy does not. But Lowndes, the principal British bibiliography, lists a 1650 edition with a 1649 portrait, which thus perhaps makes this technically a true 1649 first edition, a variant, that conforms otherwise, but perhaps with the portrait instead of a commendatory leaf, it was printed a bit earlier than the other first editions, ie. perhaps even in late December, 1649. This 1650 edition does not conform completely to either of the 1650 editions in ESTC, containing neither the title lines of the one, but containing a hyphen which is not on the 2nd -- again, not quite fitting either ESTC entry. The book is the famous Puritan biography of great Church fathers and leaders, from ancient Christians like Ignatius and Polycarp, Augustine and Ambrose, to Protestant founders like Luther and Calvin, and to later commentators like Theodore Beza and Joseph Scaliger. It is handsomely printed, and includes numerous beautiful engraved portraits of the Christian luminaries, followed by their biographies. This book has been professionally rebound with contemporary looking leather spine with gilt lettering and leather corners, and marbled hardcover boards. A truly beautiful edition.This book contains the curious poem on the back of the title page, "from the licencer to the Autor, concerning his book".This Book doth make the dead to live, This Book will live, when you are dead, This Book will make you live, when dead, This Book therefore I make to live.The author, Samuel Clarke or Clark (15991683) was an English clergyman and significant Puritan biographer ; Copper plate; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Seller Inventory # 8364

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RALEGH, Sir Walter.

Published by London. Printed by W. Du-gard for John Stephenson Stationar sic at the Sun in Ludgate Hill (1650)

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About this Item: London. Printed by W. Du-gard for John Stephenson Stationar sic at the Sun in Ludgate Hill, 1650. 12mo, engraved portrait frontispiece by John Whittaker and pp. [xxiv], 574; plus a final original blank (f. Bb12); bound in contemporary French mottled calf for John Evelyn, with his monogram in gilt in centre of both covers, gilt spine with red morocco label, gilt edges (head and tail of spine a little chipped, some light wear to covers). First edition of this epitome of Ralegh's History of the World, made by the philosopher and cleric Alexander Ross (1591-1654), who two years later published a folio continuation of Ralegh's unfinished work. This copy belonged to the diarist and bibliophile John Evelyn (1620-1706), and was bound for him presumably on publication, when he was resident in Paris (he lived there with his wife Mary in 1650-52). It has several shelfmarks, all in his hand and all lightly deleted, on the frontispiece and title page: 'L. 45', 'Apollo: 11' and 'Euterpë 5'. In addition there is a shelfmark 'L 2: 21' on the endpaper which is presumably his, and a later one 'D2: 25'. The volume also bears the later bookplate of Sir Frederick Evelyn, and the Christie's JE booklabel. Wing R172. Sold at Christie's London, 16 March 1978, lot 1236 (£220 hammer to Blackwell's). Seller Inventory # 19068

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