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Publick Employment and an Active Life prefer'd - EVELYN, John - 1667. 
By J.E. Esq; S.R.S. 8 p.l., 120 pp. 8vo, early 18th-century vellum-backed marbled boards (spine a little defective). London: J.M. for H. Herringman, 1667. First edition, first issue, written in response to George Mackenzie's A Moral Essay, preferring Solitude to Publick Employment, And all it's Appanagesâ€¦ (1665). Mackenzie, a distinguished Scottish advocate, became known as "Bloody Mackenzie" for his harsh treatment of the Covenanters. His book betrayed the character of a bigot. "Perhaps it was his sense of this that incited Evelyn to compose in 1667 his reply [the present book]â€¦Evelyn's advocacy of an active life might seem at variance with his known delight in country solitude and pursuits, and in truth his attack upon Mackenzie is but a half-hearted affairâ€¦Evelyn's little volume is attractive in a plain way."-Keynes, John Evelyn, 85 & pp. 185-87. Fine copy from the Macclesfield library with bookplate.
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