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Three Tracts Against Popery - WAKE William - 1687. 
1687 - WAKE, William. Three Tracts Against Popery. London: Printed for Richard Chiswell, 1687. Octavo, contemporary full gilt-paneled red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $1500.Scarce first collected edition of these three Anglican polemics, handsomely bound in contemporary morocco-gilt.Wake served Richard Graham, Viscount Preston, as chaplain for his embassy to France, where Wake wrote An Exposition of the Doctrine of the Church of England in response to Bishop Bossuet's Exposition de la doctrine de l'église catholique. Wake argued that, "while he and Bossuet were agreed on 'what is most necessary'""belief in God, in Christ and in the same creeds""they were separated by the innovations of the Church of Rome" in such areas as papal authority, worship in Latin and the invocation of saints. "The Exposition was written in France, but it was published only after Wake's return to England, in 1686, the year after James II's accession. Inevitably, its appearance propelled him to the forefront of the Catholic controversy generated by the new king's policies. Over the next two years he produced a sequence of polemical pamphlets, all of which concentrated on the theological differences between the Church of England and the Church of Rome" (DNB). After the Glorious Revolution brought William and Mary to the throne, however, Wake turned his attention from polemics to preaching and pastoral piety. In 1716, he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. Third edition of An Exposition of the Doctrine of the Church of England (first published 1686; Wing W243A); second edition of A Defence of the Exposition of the Doctrine of the Church of England (published the same year as the first, 1686, without errata; Wing W236); first edition of A Discourse of the Holy Eucharist (1687; Wing W240). Each with separate title page, separately paginated. Wing W271A. Armorial bookplate of Sir James Graham. Contemporary owner signature (Ann Preston) and inkstamp (Netherby Library, seat of the Graham family) to title page. Contemporary shelf number. Gilt initials "A P" to both boards.Occasional light foxing. Distinguished contemporary morocco-gilt binding only lightly rubbed. A handsome volume in very nearly fine condition. Scarce. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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