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The works of the learned and pious author of The Whole Duty of Man.

Allestree, Richard.

Published by Pr. at the Theater in Oxford & in London by Roger Norton for George Pawlett, London, 1684
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First edition of this compilation of works by Allestree, an edition intended "that these most useful writings . . . may be secur'd from the attemts [sic] of needy pilferers, and the nightwork of underground presses" (p. [iii]). The Whole Duty of Man, the first piece, was one of the great High Church devotional works, almost universally attributed to Allestree although its first appearance in 1658 was anonymous; accompanying it here are The Ladies Calling, The Art of Contentment, The Government of the Tongue, and The Lively Oracles Given to Us, among other pieces. The volume opens with an interesting => copper-engraved frontispiece done by Michael Burghers, featuring a veiled Moses presenting the 10 Commandments (captioned in the plate, "Till Moses had don [sic] speaking, he put a veil on his face. Exod. 34.33"), and a title-page vignette of the Sheldonian Theatre. Each work in the first part has its own separate title-page: The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety and The Gentleman's Calling are both dated 1683, while the sectional title-page marking the "Second Part of the Works of the Learned and Pious Author of The Whole Duty of Man" is dated 1684; the works in the second part have half-titles. The ESTC general note for this edition reads: "An edition ascribed to John Fell, Bishop of Oxford, of anonymous works all published separately between 1658 and 1678. The three forming the first part have special title pages; those in "The second part" have half titles only. The editor calls them "the genuine and only writings of our author" and mentions a number of spurious ones recently published." Folio (36 cm, 14.2"). Frontis., [14], 456 (i.e., 458; 141/42 repeated), [12], 240, [6], 241?322, [6] pp. ESTC R20055; Wing (rev. ed.) A1082. 18th-century half calf and marbled paper?covered sides, much worn and rubbed, leather all but lost over corners and portions of paper lost; sewing loosening in early sections with text block starting to pull away from spine, mounting of tipped-in frontispiece partially split, first few leaves separating. Front pastedown with two institutional bookplates; lower (closed) edges, front free endpaper, frontispiece recto (not image), and back pastedown rubber-stamped. Title-page with early ownership inscription neatly inked in upper outer corner. One leaf (in preface to first work) with lower portion torn away, with loss of most of eight lines on each side; one leaf with short tear from lower margin extending into a few lines without loss; one leaf with lower outer corner torn, touching a few words without loss. Intermittent instances of light to moderate waterstaining to varying portions of leaves; two to three spots of pinhole worming throughout, sometimes touching individual letters without loss of sense, with spots slightly larger in beginning of second part. Last section with puncture hole affecting a few letters, not obscuring sense. Lower outer corners of a few leaves proud and bent in. Faults to be noted for sure, but complete except for the noted lines in that preface and a wholly useable copy of the main text by Allestree. Bookseller Inventory # 35286

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Title: The works of the learned and pious author of...

Publisher: Pr. at the Theater in Oxford & in London by Roger Norton for George Pawlett, London

Publication Date: 1684

Edition: 1st Edition

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