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  1.  813G Jadertinus, Octavius.; Poletus, Andreas; Iadertinus, Octavius Iadertino, Octavio, O.F.M.(1646-1715)

Prolegomenon biblicae sapientiae et scoticae disciplinae : In quo cum doctoris subtilis theologorum principis prohemialibus contexta paraenesi ad sacras scripturas porta speccosa templi sapientiac panditur sub omne seraphici nominis

Venetiis : Apud Andream Poleti ,1689                        $1900

Octavo 6 1/2 X 4 inches a8,A7 (stub before a1, NO lacuna) B-R8,S4 First and only edition Bound in early if not original paper boards, a very nice clean copy with deckel edges.

Octavius JANKOVI Spader (Octavius Spader Jadertinus) {Probably not a household name} was a Franciscan philosophical and theological writer.  After schooling in Zadar joined the order of the Franciscans opservanata the Province of St. Jerome. He was a teacher in some Franciscan schools in Dalmatia. Rab bishop appointed him Archbishop of Bologna.   Spader is the author of philosophical works in several volumes which remained in manuscript, Bibliotheca Scotistarum (written in Cremona, 1667) and stored in the library and archives of the Franciscan monastery in Zadar. Jankovic Spader remained as teacher teaching the  positions and the philosophical interpretation of  peripatetic natural philosophy, following the philosophical and theological learning D. Scotus in the spirit post tridentske Catholic renewal. In some parts of the Bibliotheca Scotistanim (in 4 parts, Scotus philosophus still Aristotelicae Philosophiae ad mentem Scoti …; Syntagma, Habitus intellectualise lucida 813Gcontemplatio pleniscolastica discretion Scotistis PROPOSITO; Theatre philosophic orehestra Mathematica; one part without specific title) and works that have remained in manuscripts in the monastery in Kotor and the Franciscan monastery in Zadar, according to the philosophical curriculum kvadrivija he breaks down issues many disciplinary areas (logic, physics, metaphysics, geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, music, morality) – questions macrocosm and microcosm, materials, forms, causes , movement, time, soul, will, intellect, etc. (Universal Philosophiae substantia, 1665; Medicinae pars secunda, Postilla).

LITERATURE: . Dadic, “with natural manuscripts in the Franciscan monasteries in Zadar, Varazdin, Ko ljun and Kamporu” Contributions to the research of Croatian philosophical heritage 3-4 (1976), p. 177-188; “Spader Jankovic, Octavius (Octavius Spader Jadertinus)”, in: S. Kutle a (ed.), Philosophical Lexicon, Lexicographic Institute, Zagreb, 2012, p. 1078-1079.




2)    567G Hieronymus. Elenus, (died 1576)

Oß, Anton van. Diatribarum seu exercitationum ad jus civile libri tres: quorum primus continet de ratione studii juris orationes tres; secundus, locorum quorundam juris novas explicationes ad legum antinomias; tertius, carmen de regulis juris civilis.
Antwerpen : Christoph Plantin,1576                          $2,000

Octavo 6 1/2 X 4 inches A-K8, L7 (lacking final blank) First edition This copy is bound in full antique style calf, a very nice binding.image001

This text seems to be in Otto, E. Thesaurus juris romani, v. 2.Basileae : Impensis Joh. Ludovici Brandmulleri, 1741-1744, Which you have two copies of, but maybe this is different? The true book (1576 printing seems very rare and not available electronically) Elenus, is asls listed as an added author on Lancelotti’s Institutionum iuris canonici libri IIII : qui dilucido ordine, atque magna facilitate ad vniuersum ius pontificium expeditissimum aditum parant Robbins Rare KJA1082.2 1566 Elenus: Jerome E. . (Elen or Eelen), Dutch lawyer, philologist and methodologists, born probably around 1520-25 to Baelen in Kempen, died at Antwerp in 1576 His father, Andrew Elen., is praised by him as a capable grammarian; he gave his son his first lessons. Jerome went afterwards to Louvain, where Rescius in Greek and Nannius taught in Latin, and where he studied philosophy with special affection; he belonged to the Pädagogium Castrum, and was issued a MA in 1542. In addition, he studied Law, but seems to have satisfied it with the Licence. Mudäus had then held the chair of institutions, and through him the reformed law was introduced to the old Brabant College; Then he went to Orleans, where he worked with Joachim Hopper joined a close bond of friendship. From there they both went to Paris; Elen. heard here the lectures of the then famous John Straselius (from Strazeele at Bailleul), the Demosthenes interpretirte among others. Back in Leuven, Elen He taught lessons in philology and in the jurisprudence. During the latter part of his life he worked in Antwerp as a lawyer. It was here that he wrote his notes on Institutiones Juris Canonici of the Lancelotti, Antwerp in 1566, and This book the “Diatribarum immersive Exercitationum ad jus civile”, Antwerp, Plantin 1576; This work is included in Otto’s Thesaurus Vol II The first book contains an interesting methodological writing, “Orationes tres de ratione juris studii”; the second number of smaller treatises on various points and issues of the Roman law; the third a rhythmic Paraphrasirung of all the fragments of the title De regulis Juris. – These documents are written in Leuven; Elen. referred to themselves as “non si magni momenti, indignas saltem, quae a tineis et Blattis corroderentur”. Therefore, he decided to collect them and publish. – The little work is dedicated (1574) has been the Brussels Ammann Anton van Oss, Lord of Over-and Nederembeek, Castellan of Vilvoorde, a famous man, the mayor of Brussels and head of the local Spanish party; he was Elenus’ youth comrade and whose father had been his teacher. Voet Plantin Nr. 1121



3)    250G John Maulden 1644-1714 A threefold dialogue, concerning the three chief points in controversy amo[ng] Protestants in our days. Viz. I. Whether the holy scriptures do prove the doctrine of free grace, or free will? II. Whether believers, or infant-baptism, be the ordinance of Christ? III. Whether the seventh, or first day of the week, be the sabbath of the Lord? Deliver’d in a familiar stile, easy for each capacity to understand. By Philotheos London : [s.n.], printed in the year 1708. 1950 Octavo 6 1/4 X 4 inches A-F12 First and only edition Bound in full early sheep. It is a good copy with deckel edges. No copy in the Us only two copies in the UK, All three of Maulden’s books are quite rare, none are represented outside of England.

4)      700G Francis F.G. = Gregory 1625?-1707 O (Onomastikon brachy) sive. Nomenclatura brevis Anglo-Latino-Græca. In usum scholæ Westmonasteriensis. Per F.G. Editio duodecima emendata. Together with Examples of the five declensions of nouns; with the words in propria quæ maribus and quæ genus reduced to each declension
London : printed by J. Macock, for Richard Royston, book-seller to His most Sacred Majesty 1672 2200 Octavo 6 3/4 X 4 1/2 inches A-E8 This copy is bound in full original sheep cords worn spine torn but sewing and binding still holding! Gregory, born about 1625, was a native of Woodstock, Oxfordshire. He was educated at Westminster under Busby, who, as he afterwards said, was not only a master but a father to him, and in 1641 was elected to a scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating M.A. in 1648. He returned to Westminster School as usher till he was appointed head-master of the grammar school at Woodstock. He was a successful teacher, and numbered among his pupils several sons of noble families. An ardent royalist he was chosen to preach the thanksgiving sermon for the Restoration at St. Mary’s, Oxford, 27 May 1660, and afterwards published it under the title of ‘David’s Return from Banishment.’ He also published ‘Votivum Carolo, or a Welcome to his sacred Majesty Charles II from the Master and Scholars of Woodstock School,’ a volume of English and Latin verses composed by Gregory and his pupils. Shortly afterwards he became head-master of a newly founded school at Witney, Oxfordshire, and 22 Sept. 1661 he was incorporated D.D. of Oxford University from St. Mary Hall. He was appointed a chaplain to the king, and in 1671 was presented by Earl Rivers to the living of Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. He. kept this post till his death in 1707. He was buried in the church, where a tablet was erected to his memory.
This book consists of Parallel vocabulary : Then Examples of the five declensions of nouns; followed by Examples of Adjectives.

Not in Wing see G1899E a different printer


5)     777G Guillelmus Parisiensis 1437-1485

DSC_0414Postilla super epistolis et evangelia de tempore et de sanctis et pro defunctis. summa diligentia iterum emendata.

[Deventer: Jacobus de Breda], 10 Sept. 1492                                   $15,000

Quarto πDSC_04154 a-z6 A-F6 G-H4. 7 3/4 X 5 1/4 inches.

This copy is bound in a modern binding rubricated in green and red throughout, a very nice large copy.

“This compilation of the Postilla was written down in 1437 expressly for members of the clergy and for those desirous of understanding the excerpts from the Epsitles and the Evangelists, more commonly called lessons, which are read at appropriate services throughout the church year. It obviously filled a most pressing need” Goff, The Postilla of Guillermus Parisiensis, Gutenberg Jahrbuch, 1959.

colophon: Postilla Guillerini parisiensis sacr[ae] theologi[ae] professoris eximij super Epistolas et Euangelia per totius anni circulum ad sensum lra[n]lem studiosissime collecta. bene emendata et iteru[m] summa diligentia correcta finit Imp[re]ssa Anno christi M.cccc.xcii.decima die Septembris.

Goff G 691 (this copy only) ; Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Netherlands) catalog,; 171 G 19; GW,; 11969; Goff(P) 74 ISTC,; ig00691000

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  1. 642G Athanasius Kircher 1602-1680                                                                                                  R.P. Athanasii Kircheri e societate jesu Itinerarium Exstaticum, quo mundi opificium, id est: Coelestis expansi, fiderumque tam errantium, quam sixorum natura, vires, proprietates, singulorumque compositio & structura, ab infimo Telluris globo, usque ad ultima Mundi confinia, per ficti ratus integumentum explorata, nova hypothesi exponitur ad veritatem
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    R.P. Athanasii Kircheri E Societate Jesu Iter Exstaticum II. Qui & Mundi subterranei prodromus dicitu.                                                                                                                               Trnava (Zapadoslovensky kraj, Slovakia): Fridericum Gall, 1729                        $2,500 Duodecimo 5.1 x 3.1 in π, A-Z12; Aa-Bb12, Cc7; A-D12, E5 This copy is bound in full contemporary calf, slightly wormed and bumped, with an elaborately blind-tooled spine and inlaid title. Overall, a very good copy with clean leaves of a rare edition of an important work. This is a very rare edition of Kircher’s Iter Exstaticum. OCLC records no copies of this edition and only the Stanford copy could be located world-wide. Sommervogel’s entry for this edition states that this work is a total of 468 pages, but the copy they examined probably lacked the second part, with continuous pagination to 604 as well as the seperately paginated “Dialogus III” (106 pgs.) both present in this copy.
    The first part of this two part work tells of an imaginary astronomical journey made by our author. “The Itinerarium Exstaticum is one of Kircher’s most curious works. He wrote the treatise in the form of a narrative in which a certain Theodidactus —Kircher himself— is caught up in a dream-vision or an ecstatic journey and is guided through the heavens by a spirit named Cosmiel. The genre was not uncommon: the Somnium Scipionis of Cicero and Kepler’s Somnium, published posthumously in 1634, both recount dream-journeys to the moon. In the first dialogue Kircher recounts the journey to the moon, which he finds scarred with mountains and craters, contrary to the Aristotelian view. He flies on to Venus, which he discovers is made of the four elements, and so on to each of the other planets and through the region of the fixed stars. The sun itself has blemishes, Kircher proclaims. He himself had seen sunspots through a telescope several years earlier [which are depicted in one of the engravings.]” (Merrill) Kircher also mentions the rings around Jupiter, the pluralirty of inhabited worlds, and in one plate depicts six possible planetary systems.
    The second part of Kircher’s imaginary journey takes him to the underground world, and serves as an outline of the theories developed five years later in his Mundus Subterraneus. This work presents a unified theory of the dynamics of the earth, its rivers, oceans, mountains and volcanoes.
    “Having journeyed through the heavens with the angel Cosmiel, Theodidactus descends with a second guide, Hydriel, and examines the waters and their natures. Cosmiel then returns and shows him the land, its geography, its characteristics, and wonders. The dialogue also treats animals and plants and their generation and corruption. In the third dialogue they explore the wonders of the submarine world, and in the fourth the subterranean world.” (Merrill) Sommervogel IV 1056

2)   766G Johannes Nider (1380-1438)


[Paris]: Denis Roce, 1500. [ca. 1499-1509]                $SOLD
Small octavo. [12] ff. ([a]8-b1) including illustrated title page. This copy is bound in antique-style full calf, stamped in blind, gilt spine title. Mild dampstain in lower gutter, faint dampstain in outer margins of first few leaves.
This is a are treatise on the seven deadly sins, attributed by some to Johannes Nider (ca. 1380-1438), Dominican priest and author of FORMICARIUS (1435- 37), one of the most influential and earliest printed books discussing witchcraft.
The brief, pocket-sized work, likely to be have been kept on one’s person as a “useful” guide, enumerates and contemplates the seven deadly sins – here, “gula” (gluttony), “luxuria” (lust), “avaritia” (avarice), “superbia” (pride), “invidia” (envy), “ira” (wrath), and “accidia” (i.e. acedia).
Acedia, a spiritual listlessness associated with distraction, apathy, and resentment, was the famous “noonday Demon” of St. John Cassian and a topic discussed by many fellow Desert Fathers; it concludes and occupies the largest portion of the work. The term acedia was used first used in Christianity by monks and other ascetics who lived solitary lives, and were tempted to become listless and inert, or begin longing to be elsewhere or to do something other than what they were doing. Evagrius numbers acedia as of the eight bad thoughts, and St. Thomas Aquinas (following Gregory the Great) numbers it as one of the seven capital vices (so-called because they are the source of many kinds of sin). Though related to depression, acedia is not considered entirely the same in the monastic and Christian tradition. It is usually seen as naming a fault, which is subject to one’s will, rather than simply a psychological state. Acedia is to spiritual health something like what depression is to mental health.
The title page bears the pictorial metalcut publisher’s device of French printer and bookseller Denis Roce with the motto, “ALAVENTURE TOUT VIENT APONIT [sic] QUI PEUT ATENDRE.” The mark (Polain 162, Renouard 1005, Silvestre 451) was in use during the 1490s and first decade of the 1500s; Polain notes that the plate remained intact until about 1509.
Not in Goff or Adams or BM STC Fr.

3)   305G Cha. (Charles) Buchanan b. 1660 or 61

The Nature and Design of Holy Days.

London: printed by W. B. for Richard Sare, at Grays-Inn-Gate, in Holborn, 1705.           $2,200 Octavo A-I4/8/K3 +19 Full page engravings. First Edition Bound in full contemporary calfskin, leather cracked at front joint, some missing leather pieces, largely intact, contents with some browning along the gutters, some leaves becoming loose, endleaves with old tape, contemporary annotations. And Price on title page: Price 6d stitch’d, or 8d Bound. This book is not only rare but it is probably unique, with the illustrations, the Estc lists the book as anonmyous, yet is is undoubtedly but Charles Buchanan. ESTC makes no mention of frontispiece or illustrations.
Three editions listed in ESTC, the first and third editions each only show one U.S. library location: the Houghton Library, the second edition has no North American holdings, see ESTC T170660.

4)    525G Rainaldi Corsi (Corsetus)1525-1582                                                                                  Rainaldi Corsi lectissimi Ivreconsvlti Indagationvm Ivris Libri III :Cum indice.                         Venetijs : apud Io. Andream Valuassorem,1568                                                                 $2,400 Octavo 4 X 6 inches A-L8 First and only edition This copy is bound in its original limp vellum binding, with the book plate of Los Angeles Law Library. It is a very nice copy.
Scholar, lawyer, judge, and finally bishop, eclectic and prolific intellectual, he took the risk of publishing books of grammar, poetry, music, theater, painting aesthetics but also in technical and legal texts, such as a treaty of agricultural hydraulics, an “order” of cadastre and sewers, a history of St. Quirinus , a treatise on dance, translations of Virgil, biographies of local characters and more.

Elected judge and prior of the College of Notaries of Correggio, in 1555, the other work that made him famous, Delle private reconciliations, a manual unprecedented value is on the killings, which analyzes the reasons for the dispute and indicate the paths of reconciliation: a text that had repeated editions, including one in Latin, and dedicate it to Pope Pius IV.

A few years later, though, and she left him again, and forever, while he was in the service of Cardinal Girolamo da Correggio in Rome – where he will then some romantic relationships that will give two children: Hercules (recognized in 1580, when is already bishop in Calabria) and Plautilla.

In 1567, when Rinaldo was in Ancona, Lombardi was killed in Fabbrico and it was suspected that the murder was arranged by her husband: he rejected the accusation sull’amante the woman, but there were not enough elements for a charge formal or the other, and the murder remained unpunished.

Shortly thereafter (1568), Corsi, took vows and assumed increasingly senior ecclesiastical roles : apostolic inquisitor, consultor of the Inquisition, examiner and judge Synod of the referendum Shelf until August 1579, when he was appointed bishop of Stroud.

He died between 1580 and 1582 – the absence of a date certain, the period is derived from deeds and administrative – and was buried in the sacristy of the cathedral. First Published in 1563, I could find no copies of this exact edition, it is now available (to the best of my searching) on line or microfilm.


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811G811G Parisensis Guillermus 1437-1485

Postilla super epistolas et evangelia de tempore et de sanctis et de sanctis et pro defunctis.

Basel: Nicolaus Kesler, 28 February 1488                 $ SOLD

Folio 123 (of 124 leaves), lacking the final leaf, blank. ISTC (ig00683000) lists 28 copies worldwide; only 2 in the U.S. (San Marino and Washington Library of Congress) Lower corner of the first two leaves of the Postilla crudely repaired, not affecting text. Lower corner of the first two leaves of the Postilla crudely repaired, not affecting text. Early ink ownership inscription of the Observantine Friars Minor “Reformat. 1629” (place deleted) on title of the Postilla. Overall, a very good copy. William of Paris’Postilla: “More than one hundred editions o811G 1f the Postilla super epistolas et evangelia by Guillermus Parisiensis were printed during the fifteenth century. Surely this esteemed compilation must be regarded as one of the earliest “best sellers”, for how else can one explain why the text was not only frequently reprinted but was reissued time and time again by the same printed… Only a few facts seems to be known about Frater Guillermus. The introduction to the Postilla, his only published work, tells us that he was a Dominican and a professor of sacred theology at Paris. This compilation of the Postilla was writ
ten down in 1437 expressly for members of the clergy and for those desirous of understanding the excerpts for the Epistles and the Evangelists, more commonly called lessons, which are read a
t appropriate services throughout the church year. It obviously filled a most pressing need.” (Goff, “The Postilla of Guillermus Parisiensis”, Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 1959, p. 73)

Goff(P) #62 : Goff, Frederick R. ‘The Postilla of Guillermus Parisiensis’. Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 1959 pp.73-78;

Goff G683

670G Edmund Gurnay ±1648                                                                                                                 The demonstration of Antichrist. By Edmund Gurnay, Bach. Theol. p. of Harpley Norfolke

London:Printed by I[ohn] B[eale] for Iames Boler, and are to be sold at the signe of the Marigold in Pauls Churchyard 1631                                                                                                     $2,900 Octavo 5 1/4 X 3 1/4 inches A12,B5{ lacking b6 Blank}. First edition This copy is bound in calf boards rebacked. Gurney was son of Henry Gurney of West Barsham and Ellingham, Norfolk, by his wife Ellen, daughter of John Blennerhasset of Barsham, Suffolk. He matriculated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, on 30 October 1594, and graduated B.A. in 1600. He was elected Norfolk fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1601, proceeded to M.A. in 1602, and B.D. in 1609. In 1607 he was suspended from his fellowship for not being in orders, but was reinstated by the vice-chancellor.

In 1614 he left Cambridge, on being presented to the rectory of Edgefield, Norfolk, which he held till 1620, when he received that of Harpley, Norfolk. Gurney was inclined to puritanism, as appears from his writings. On one occasion he was cited to appear before the bishop for not using a surplice, and on being told he was expected to always wear it, ‘came home, and rode a journey with it on.’ He further made his citation the occasion for publishing his tract vindicating the Second Commandment.

Thomas Fuller, who was personally acquainted with him, says: ‘He was an excellent scholar, could be humourous, and would be serious as he was himself disposed. His humours were never prophane towards God or injurious towards his neighbours.’ Gurney died in 1648, and was buried at St. Peter’s Mancroft, Norwich, on 14 May in that year. His successor at Harpley was instituted on the following day. It is therefore plain that Gurney conformed to the covenant, and that the Dr. Gurney whom Walker mentions as a sequestered clergyman living in 1650 was another person. Gurney was married, and apparently had a son called Protestant (d. 1624—monument at Harpley). DNB STC (2nd ed.), 12529 [Stationer’s Register: Entered 29 January [1631.]
Copies – N.America :
Folger Shakespeare
Huntington Library and Art Gallery

Fuller’s Worthies, p. 258, ed. 1652

792G Nicholas Culpeper 1616-1654                                                                                                            A directory for midwives: or, A guide for women in their conception, bearing, and suckling their children. The first part contains, 1. The anatomy of the vessels of generation. 2. The formation of the child in the womb. 3. What hinders conception, and its remedies. 4. What furthers conception. 5. A guide for women in conception. 6. Of miscarriage in women. 7. A guide for women in their labour. 8. A guide for women in their lying-in. 9. Of nursing children. To cure all diseases in women, read the second part of this book. By Nicholas Culpeper, Gent. student in physic and astrology.

London : printed, and are to be sold by most book sellers in London and Westminster, 1700

Octavo A-Q12 Newly corrected from many gross errors. ESTC R232056, Wellcome only in UK; U.S. National Library of Medicine & Yale only in North America; Copac adds Edinburgh and York Universities; OCLC adds University of Essex Contemp. full blind stamped calf; slightly rubbed. A nice copy of a popular and ill-surviving text in contemporary binding. Sl. dusted, worming to lower gutter of gathering M slightly touching text.

A Directory of Midwives was first published in 1651 and became one of the seminal texts on midwifery and female health for the next two centuries. This volume contains – with continuous pagination – both Culpeper’s Directory, which focuses on obstetrics, and a separately titled Fourth Book of Practical Physick, which deals with female diseases and general health. The first two books first appeared together in 1671 but not in a continuously paginated edition until 1693. Though the work was frequently reprinted, seveneteenth and early eighteenth-century editions do not survive well, most being well-used on a regular basis.

798G Anon The Compleat Sheriff: wherein is set forth, his office and authority; with directions, how and in what manner to execute the same, according to the common and statute laws of this kingdom, which are now in force and use: and the judgments and resolutions of the judges in divers late cases in the several courts of Westminster, relating thereunto. Likewise of Under-Sheriffs and their deputies… to which is added, the office and duty of coroners, and many modern adjudged cases relating to the office of a Sheriff to this time, &c. The second edition, with large additions In the Savoy: printed by John Nutt. 1710 2900 Octavo Full contemp. panelled calf, raised bands, gilt dec. spine; lacking label, sl. cracking to head of upper joint. Armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Headfort. v.g. Second Edition with additions ESTC T90638, BL, NLW, Oxford & National Trust only in British Isles; Columbia, Harvard & Kansas in North America.
812G Translator’s dedication signed: H.H., i.e. Henry Hawkins. Serre, M. de (Jean-Puget), [1600-1665] The sweete thoughts of death and eternity Paris [i.e. Saint-Omer : Printed by the English College Press], 1632 π1 ã A-X Y . STC (2nd ed.), 20492
Copies – N.America Folger Shakespeare , Huntington Library ,University of Texas

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761F John Johnson 1662-1725

The clergy-Man’s vade mecum. Part II. Containing the canonical codes of the primitive, universal, Eastern, and Western Church, Down to the Year of our Lord, DCCLXXXVII. Done from the original Greek and Latin, omitting no Canon, Decree, or any Part of them that is Curious or Instructive; With explanatory notes, a large index, and a preface shewing the Usefulness of the Work; with some Reflections on Moderate-Non-Conformity, and the Rights of the Church.

London : printed for J. Nicholson, R. Knaplock, and Sam. Ballard, in Little-Britain and St. Paul’s Church-Yard, MDCCIX. [1709]                                                $1,150

Duodecimo   [4],cxxii,[14],294,[46]p. ; 12 . This copy is bound in full contemporary calf. Johnson was vicar of St. John’s, Margate, then Cranbrook, Kent. He sympathized with the Nonjurors. His major theological work was The Unbloody Sacrifice and Altar Unvailed and Supported. (1714-18)

John Johnson was born December the 30th 1662. He was the son of the reverend Mr. Thomas Johnson, Vicar of Frindsbury near Rochester in Kent by his wife Mary, the Daughter of the Reverend Mr. Francis Drayton, Rector of Little Chart in the same county within the Diocese of Canterbury. His Father having been married about four years died, leaving this son and one daughter to the care of his wife, with a small estate, which lying near Canterbury she settled in that City where she continued a widow for above sixty Years, dying about the 90th Year of her Age, about two Years after the Death of her Son. She put him to the King’s School in that City where he made such a Progress in the learned Languages, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, under Mr. Lovejoy, the then Master of that School, that when he was little more than fifteen Years of Age he was sent to St. Mary Magdalene College in Cambridge, where he was admitted under the Tuition of Mr. Turner, a Fellow of that House March 4 167/8. And in Lent Term 1681/2 he took the Degree of Bachelor of Arts as a Member of that College. Soon after he was nominated by the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury to a Scholarship in Corpus Christ,i commonly called Bennet, College, being of the Foundation of Matthew Parker, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, after the Settlement of the Reformation under Queen Elizabeth: To which he was admitted April 29, 1682, under the Tuition of Mr. Beck, Fellow of that House. He took the Degree of Master of Arts as a Member of that College at the Commencement 1685. Soon after he entered into Deacon’s Orders, and became Curate to Mr Thomas Hardres at Hardres near Canterbury. And was ordained Priest in King Henry the Seventh’s Chapel, Westminster, by Dr Thomas Sprat, Bishop of Rochester, and Dean of that Church, Decem.1686. And July 9, 1687, he was collated to the Vicarage of Boughton under the Blean, by Archbishop Bancroft. And by the same Archbishop he was allowed to hold the Vicarage of Hernhill adjoining to Boughton, by Sequestration: Both which Churches he supplied himself, preaching one Part of the Day at one Church, and the other at the other… In the Year 1689 October 24 he married Margaret [Jenkin]. He had five Children, two Sons and three Daughters. But it pleased God to deprive him of his eldest Daughter in her Infancy, and likewise of his youngest Son, soon after he had bound him Apprentice to Mr. Knaplock his Bookseller. And a few Years after, his younger Daughter died also in the Prime of her Years. These, though a considerable Loss to so tender a Father, who was fond of all his Children, yet were not equal to the Loss of his Elder, and then only Son… [His son] had the Misfortune to break his Leg, which threw him into a Fever, of which he died in a few Days about Christmas 1723. Mr Johnson the Father could not overcome this severe Stroke: Though as became a good Man, and a Christian Priest, he intermitted not his Studies, or the Duties of his Office on this Occasionj nevertheless from this Time his Strength visibly decayed, and he was afflicted with a Shortness of Breath, which increased upon him till he died, which was about two Years after his Son, upon the 15th Day of December, in the Year of our Lord 1725, having just reached the 63d Year of his Age. He was buried in the Church Yard of his Parish of Cranbrook close to the Wall of the Vestry.

[H]e wrote and published… the Clergyman’s Vade Mecum, or an Account of the ancient and present Church of England the Duties and Rights of the Clergy and of their Privileges and Hardships Containing full Directions relating to Ordination Institution and Induction and most of the Difficulties which they commonly meet with in the Discharge of their Office. Here, he shewed himself to be well skilled in all the Laws of this Church Civil and Ecclesiastical. And this Book was so well received by the Publick, especially the Clergy, that about every third Year there was a Call for a new Impression; for in about 15 Years there were no less than five Editions of it, the first Edition in the Year 1708 and the fifth in the Year 1723. After this, in the Year 1709 he wrote and published- The Clergyman’s Vade Mecum Part II containing the Canonical Codes of the Primitive Universal Eastern and Western Church down to the Year of our Lord 787. Done from the original Greek and Latin, omitting no Canon, Decree, or any Part of them that is curious or instructive: With explanatory Notes, a large Index, and a Preface, shewing the Usefulness of the Work, with some Reflections on two Books, called Moderate Non-conformity and the Rights of the Church. In this second Part he shewed himself to be no less skilled in the Ecclesiastical Laws and Discipline of the ancient Church than in the former he had shewed it in the Laws and Discipline of his own Church. This Book has also had a third Edition.” -from Brett, The Life of the Late Reverend John Johnson.

“Here I shall shew, First, The usefulness of this Work. Secondly, the Manner in which I perform it. I. The Usefulness of it will appear from the Ends which may hereby be served, which are, 1. To give the Reader a true Scheme of the Government and Discipline of the Ancient Church. 2. To prove that the Church as such has all along been Govern’d by it’s Pastors. 3. To shew what Order of Pastors it was that has Govern’d the Church. 4. By this means to Vindicate the Constitution of our own Church, and to shew that our Dissenters are Men by themselves in the Method they take of Forming and Governing their Churches. And 5. That by looking into the Ancient Policy of the Church, we may better understand our own, and have some Rules whereby to govern our selves in dubious Cases.” -Author’s Preface to The Clergy-Man’s Vade Mecum ESTC Citation No. T33107

790G R(obert) H(owllet) fl 1696

The School Of Recreation: Or A Guide To The Most Ingenious Exercises Of Hunting, Riding, Racing, Fireworks, Military Discipline, The Science Of Defence, Hawking, Tennis, Bowling, Singing, Cock-fighting, Fowling, Angling.

London : printed for A. Bettesworth, at the Red-Lyon on London-Bridge, 1710.            $4,400 Duodecimo 5.25 X 3.25 A13, B-G12 This little handbook, with its many and diverse subjects, provides a tantalizing window onto the past. In his preface, the author advocates the practice of these hobbies for pleasure, to promote a ‘healthful constitution,’ and for ‘profit and advantage.’ Further, he uses the phrase ‘leisure hours’ and recommends practicing these recreations ‘to unbend your cares after the tiresome drudgery of weighty temporal matters.’ He also calls the pursuit of these various diversions harmless, but warns the reader not to become so absorbed in these pastimes that he neglect his other duties.

The very idea that people in this period had leisure time is interesting in itself, and the details found inside this volume provide a very clear picture of the activities described. Any student of the past who follows the careful instructions laid out in Howllet’s School of Recreation would be able to re-create the personal entertainments of the English from the end of the seventeenth century.

We might expect to read about hunting, but the author also includes a lengthy description of dog breeding, with breeds mentioned by name, advice for what to look for when breeding for specific traits, and details about kenneling and canine health issues. Similarly, the English have had an enthusiasm for riding that goes back through the centuries, and the chapter on horses goes into great detail about training, riding, tack, and more, with a special chapter on racing.

The section on ‘Artificial Fire-works’ is a little less anticipated, and does not disappoint. Howllet categorizes fireworks into three general ‘sorts: ’those that ascend in the air; those that consume on the earth; and such as burn on the water.’ He also describes how to make molds for rockets, and follows with what can only be described as recipes for a sky rocket, golden rain, silver stars, red fiery colored stars, stars that give reports, mortars for balloons, the inimitable ‘flying saucisson,’ (or sausage) for earth and water, fire boxes, fiery lances, trees and fountains of fire, fire wheels, ground rockets, fiery globes. The author describes how to test powder, and some really amazing-sounding fireworks with figures made of cardboard and wicker to look like St. George slaying the dragon, mermaids, and whales. “In [the dragon’s] mouth and eyes you must fix serpents, or small rockets, which being fired at their setting out, will cause a dreadful sight in a dark night.”

The section on military discipline is interesting, but hard to understand practiced as a hobby. I suppose that one needs to be ever at the ready. Fun military exercises done with pikes and muskets are included here, to keep your skills in peak form, even during peacetime. The reader may perform them on foot or while mounted.

The chapters that follow are too numerous to treat separately with any fairness. They include sword fighting and fencing, hawking, bowling, tennis, hand bell ringing (with many songs or ‘bobs’ included), vocal music (with two beautiful text diagrams), followed by cock fighting (including advice on caring for your cock which includes, but is not limited to licking his head and eyes with your tongue, and then feeding him hot urine, see page 145), fowling (hunting wild birds like ducks, pheasants, etc.), and finally, fishing (including fly fishing with real and ‘artificial’ flies, and recipes for bait).

The School of Recreation continues to educate its readers with innocent and enlightening leisure time activities.

ESTC Citation No. T72534Only three copies Harvard Huntington
,McMaster University

606G John Reading 1588-1667

Dauids soliloquie. Containing many comforts for afflicted mindes. As they were deliuered in sundry sermons at Saint Maries in Douer. By Io: Reading.

Printed [by John Legat] for Robert Allot, and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Pauls Church-yeard at the signe of the Greyhound :1627                                                                           $9,50 Octavo 5 1/2 X 3 inches A-V X .Leaves A1, A11, A12 are blank. This copy is bound in original soiled vellum. matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, on 4 May 1604, and graduated B.A. on 17 October 1607. When he proceeded M.A. on 22 June 1610, he was described as of St. Mary Hall. Taking holy orders, he became about 1614 chaplain to Edward la Zouche, 11th Baron Zouche of Haringeworth, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and governor of Dover Castle.

After preaching at Dover many sermons before his patron, Reading was on 2 December 1616, at the request of the parishioners, appointed minister of St. Mary’s. He secured a position of influence in the town, and subsequently became chaplain to Charles I and B.D. Although his sermons advocated Puritan principles, he supported the king’s cause in the English Civil War.

In 1642 his study at Dover was plundered by parliamentary soldiers, and he was imprisoned for nineteen months. By direction of Charles I, William Laud, then a prisoner in the Tower of London, gave Rading the rectory of Chartham, Kent, on 27 January 1643. The House of Commons declined to sanction Reading’s institution, and appointed Edward Corbett. Laud refused to abandon Reading, and the house passed on that ground an ordinance sequestrating the archbishop’s temporalities. A prebend in Canterbury which was bestowed on Reading at the same time brought him no advantage.

In July 1644 he was presented by Sir William Brockman to the living of Cheriton, Kent, and in the same year Reading was appointed by the Westminster Assembly to be one of nine commissioned to write annotations on the New Testament. These were published in ‘Annotations upon all the Books of the Old and New Testament, wherein the Text is explained, Doubts resolved, Scriptures paralleled, and various Readings observed,’ London, 1645, 1651, and 1657. But shortly after 1645, on the discovery of a plot for the capture of Dover Castle by the royalists, he was arrested by command of Major John Boys, and hurried to Dover Castle, and next day to Leeds Castle. There he composed the “Guide to the Holy City.”’ He was at length discharged by the parliamentary committee for Kent, and the restitution of his goods was ordered; but his livings were sequestered. On 8 January 1647 he was a prisoner in the Fleet Prison. On 10 March 1650 he attacked the right of unordained preaching in a public disputation with the baptist Samuel Fisher of Folkestone. Fisher used arguments from Jeremy Taylor’s “Discourse of the Liberty of Prophesying,”’ which Reading had already criticised in print.

Reading was restored to his Dover living shortly before the English Restoration of 1660. On 25 May 1660 he presented to Charles II, on his first landing, a large bible with gold clasps, in the name of the corporation of Dover, and made a short speech, which was published as a broadside. He was shortly afterwards restored to Chartham, made canon of the eighth prebend of Canterbury, and reinstituted to Cheriton on 18 July . In October following the university of Oxford conferred on him the degree of D.D. per literas regias. Before August 1662 he resigned the living at Dover. STC (2nd ed.), 20788

768G Dedication signed: T.S.S.I.

La Dévotion de dix Vendredis à l’honneur de l’Apôtre des Indes et du Japon S. François Xavier de la Compagnie de Jésus.

A Bruxelles : Chez Eugene Henry Fricx,;1699                                                                 $2,200 Duodecimo 5 3/4 X 3 1/2 inches *8, A-K8 First edition A lovely copy bound in original polished calf,gilt spine . Georgetown & Cornell only


812G    Translator’s dedication signed: H.H., i.e. Henry Hawkins. Serre, M. de (Jean-Puget), [1600-1665]

The sweete thoughts of death and eternity

Paris [i.e. Saint-Omer : Printed by the English College Press], 1632      $1,900

π1 ã A-X Y . STC (2nd ed.), 20492

This copy is bound in contemporary well rumpled .
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635F Samuel Covil fl 1680’s

Mock poem: or, Whiggs supplication. Part I.

Edinburgh : printed by James Watson, and sold at his shop opposite to the Lucken-Booths, 1711 1800 Octavo 9 x 14 cm A-G8, H4. First Edinburgh Edition This copy is bound in modern quarter calf. Of Colvil’s personal history nothing is known. His first appearance as a writer is supposed to have been in 1673. A work printed at Edinburgh in that year is extant, entitled “An Historical Dispute of the Papacy and Popish Religion,” which bears to be written by “Sam. Colvil,” but whether this was the same individual who wrote the “Whigs’ Supplication” is not certain. The latter work was published at London, in duodecimo, in the year 1681. It was much read, and has even continued to be read, down to a late period. Samuel Colville, was a poet of considerable reputation. He is described as a gentleman ; * an expression which is perhaps intended to signify that he belonged to no profession ; and his name occurs in a ” bond of provision,” executed by his father on the 5th of May 1643. His popularity as a poet seems at least to have equalled his merit. His ” Whiggs Supplication” was circulated before it appeared in print, and manuscript copies of it are still to be found: it was published in the year 1681, and has passed through several editions. Colville is manifestly an imitator of Butler, but he displays a slender portion of Butler’s wit and humour. The language of his poem was apparently intended for English, but is interspersed with many Scotish words and idioms. ESTC Citation No. T32966
Foxon, C308

744G John Langston 1641-1704

Lusus poeticus Latino-Anglicanus in usum scholarum. Or The more eminent sayings of the Latin poets collected; and for the service of youth in that ancient exercise, commonly called capping of verses, alphabetically digested; and for the greater benefit of young beginners i the Latin tongue, rendred into English. By John Langston teacher of a private grammar-school near Spittle-fields, London

London : printed for Henry Eversden at the Crown in Cornhil, near the Stocks-market, 1675. 1400 Octavo 5 3/4 X 3 3/4 Inches This copy is bound in full 17th century calf, recently expertly rebacked. First edition, 2nd edition in 1679 and 3rd edition in 1688. This alphabetically arranged compendium of eminent sayings by Latin poets for the service of youth in capping of verses is the work for which Langston is best remembered. He issued a lesser known grammatical work, “Poeseos Graecae Medulla”, in 1679. He published nothing of a religious nature, but issued the following for school purposes: 1. ‘Lusus Poeticus Latino-Anglicanus,’ &c., 1675, 8vo; 2nd edition, 1679, 8vo; 3rd edition, 1688, 12mo (intended as an aid to capping verses). 2. ‘ π . Sive Poese Græcæ Medulla, cum versione Latina,’ &c., 1679, 8vo.”

LANGSTON, was an , independent divine, was born about 1641, according to Calamy. He went from the Worcester grammar school to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he was matriculated as a servitor in Michaelmas term 1655, and studied for some years. Wood does not mention his graduation. At the Restoration in 1660 (when, if Calamy is right, he had not completed his twentieth year) he held the sequestered perpetual curacy of Ashchurch, Gloucestershire, from which be was displaced by the return of the incumbent. He went to London, and kept a private school near Spitalfields. On the coming into force of the Uniformity Act (24 Aug. 1662) he crossed over to Ireland as chaplain and tutor to Captain Blackwell, but returned to London and to school-keeping in 1663. Under the indulgence of 1672 he took out a license, in concert with William Hooke (d. March 1677, aged 77), formerly master of the Savoy, ‘to preach in Richard Loton’s house in Spittle-yard.’ Some time after 1679 he removed into Bedfordshire, where he ministered till, in 1686, he received an invitation from a newly separated congregation of independents, who had hired a building in Green Yard, St. Peter’s parish, Ipswich. Under his preaching a oongregational church of seventeen persons was formed on 12 Oct. 1686. Langston, his wife, and thirty others were admitted to membership on 22 Oct., when a call to the pastorate was given him; he accepted it on 29 Oct., and was set apart by four elders at a solemn fast on 2 Nov. A ‘new chappell’ in Green Yard was opened on 26 June 1687, and the church membership was raised to 123 persons, many of them from neighbouring villages. Calamy says he was driven out of his house, was forced to remove to London, and was there accused of being a jesuit, whereupon he published a successful ‘Vindication.’ The publication is unknown, and Calamy gives no date; the year 1697 has been suggested. Langston’s church-book gives no hint of any persecution, but shows that he was in the habit of paying an annual visit of about three weeks’ duration to London with his wife. He notices the engagement with the French fleet at La Hogue on 19 May 1692, ‘for ye defeat of wh blessed he God,’ and the earthquake on 8 Sept. in the same year. The tone of his ministry was conciliatory ‘towards people of different perswasions.’ In November 1702 Benjamin Glandfield (d. 10 Sept. 1720) was appointed as his assistant. Langston died on 12 Jan. 1704, ‘aetat. 64.’ (DNB).

Wing L411; Arber’s Term cat. I 213.

761G Eyreneus Philoctetes is a pseudonym. Anonymous

Philadelphia, or brotherly love to the studious in the Hermetick art. Wherein is discovered the principles of the Hermetick philosophy, with much candor and plainness. Written by Eyreneus Philoctetes.
London: printed, and sold by T. Sowle, at the Crooked-Billet in Holy-well-Lane in Shoreditch,1694 $2,800

Duodecimo 5 X 3 inches (tilte in facsimile)A7,a4,(c)4,d1,B8,C4,d8E4,F8,G4 (final blank) First and only edition. This copy is bound in full early molted sheep. Sometimes erroneously attributed to George Starkey. Cf. Wilkinson (Ambix, XII, 1, 1964, p.33). This book is listed as being in Isaac Newton’s library [H1296] Philadelphia, or Brotherly love to the studious in the hermetick art … Written by Eyreneus Philoctetes. 12°, London, 1694. [The author is probably not, as Harrison tentatively conjectures, G. Starkey: not listed in Newman’s bibliography of Starkey’s pseudonymous publications, Gehennical Fire, 262-70.] John Harrison, The Library of Isaac Newton (Cambridge: CUP, 1978)This copy is biund in full early molted sheep.

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Yale University.

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729G Anonymous

Αστηρ!του!Χριστου!Βασιλικος:! or, Nuncius Christi Sydereus. The Star of the Eastern-Sages; being a discourse of that Star, its nature, conduct, and tendency, With the glorious kingdom of the Son of God, (now) under the cross, and shortly at his next appearance to fill the whole earth. Also some account of comets, and other signs presaging it.

London : printed for Dorman Newman, at the Kings-Arms in the Poultrey, 1681. 3800 Octavo A-K L . First edition This copy is bound in full modern calf in an antique style, there are tape stains on the folding plate, but they are minor. A dictionary of writers on the prophecies, by the ed. of the Investigator on … By Joshua William Brooks “
This book does not appear with a dedicatee but there is a copy in the Huntington Library that has a manuscript verse dedication to Shaftesbury, adressed as the savior of the nation, on the fly leaf (Millenarianism and Messianism in early modern European culture) (Force & Popkin 2001) Wing (2nd ed.), A4068a