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MONTAGU, Richard
The acts and monuments of the church before Christ Incarnate
London, Miles Flesher and Robert Young, 1642. FIRST EDITION. Folio. pp. [iv], 307, [i], 313-552. [A]², B-2C⁶, 2D⁴, 2E-3A⁶ Roman letter, some Italic and Greek. Title within double line rule, small woodcut printer s device, historiated and floriated woodcut initials, woodcut head and tail-pieces, C18 autograph Ro Britiffe at head of title. Light age yellowing, margins of title browned, rare marginal spot of mark. A very good copy crisp and clean in contemporary calf, covers bordered with a double blind rule, spine with raised bands blind ruled in compartments, gilt armorial device of Harbord Harbord, 1st Baron Suffield in one compartment, a.e.r. head and tail, joints and corners worn, lacking label. First edition, published posthumously, a year after the author s death, this controversial work intended to help mend the schism between the Church of England and the Vatican by the celebrated anglican Bishop Montague. Richard Montague was educated at Eton and Cambridge, became chaplain to James I, Bishop of Chichester in 1628 and of Norwich in 1638. He disliked the extremes of both Calvinism and Romanism, a position which did little to ingratiate him with either group. In the present work Montagu examines Jewish doctrine and practices before the birth of Jesus, and their implications for Christianity; in doing so he argues against Casaubon, Scaliger, and other Protestant scholars, while defending the Catholic Baronius and his Annales Ecclesiastici. The importance of Foxe s history of martyrdom in the struggle for the identity of the English Church is confirmed b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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