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A DEFENCE OF THE DOCTRINE PROPOUNDED BY THE - Robinson, John - 1624. 
[Leyden: Successors of G. Thorp], 1624. Small quarto. [iv],203pp. Handsome 19th-century three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Modest edge wear. Light occasional foxing, but mostly clean. Very good. A rare work from an early English separatist. John Robinson was the pastor of the "Pilgrim Fathers" at Pieterskerk in Leiden. Together with Robert Browne, he is considered one of the founders of the Congregational Church. In the present work, Robinson sides with the "contra-Remonstrants" in rejecting Armenianism. The Synod, held at Dordrecht in 1618-19, convened to settle the Arminian controversy and set forth the Reformed doctrine on each of five crucial points: "total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement..., irresistible (or irrevocable) grace, and the perseverance of the saints." The work was published after a small minority of Pilgrims left Holland for America in 1620. OCLC locates just a dozen copies worldwide, and apparently no copies have appeared at auction. Only one copy has appeared in the trade, described as "Very rare" by Quaritch in 1922. A rare, desirable tract from a highly-influential English Separatist theologian. STC 21107a. SABIN 72095. QUARITCH 369:930.
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