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NOWELL, Alexander (1507-1602). William WHITAKER (1548-1595), translator into Greek
[EARLY ENGLISH CATECHISM]. [In Greek]: Christianismou stoicheiosis. [In Latin]: Christianae pietatis prima institutio
London: John Day, 1578. 8vo. Collation: A-Q8 (lacking two leaves: Q7-8 at end containing final portion of Latin text, Errata and John Day's coat of arms). Text in Greek and Latin on facing pages. Title-page surrounded with typographical ornaments, 10-line initial "H" on A2r, elaborate typographical ornament on A5 (repeated on final leaf). Contemporary vellum, traces of two alum-tawed leather ties at the fore-edge, later MS lettering on spine. An imperfect but otherwise good copy, Priced accordingly, the paper is quite fresh, and is preserved in what appears to be its first binding. Very early English Catechism, in Latin with a Greek translation. As is well known, the Catechism became one if the principal vehicles for teaching the young in Elizabethan England. Written in the form of a dialogue between the Master (teacher) and the Scholar (student); translated into English, it begins thusly: Master. Tell me, my Child, of what Religion thou art? Scholar. Of the same Religion which our Saviour taught, whereof I am called and do trust that indeed I am a Christian. Our copy is unpressed and is preserved in contemporary vellum: on the blank leaf opposite the title-page is ink offsetting from the typographical borders, perhaps an indication that this binder's leaf has been in situ since the book was printed.   "This (says Ames) is a curiously printed book, equal to the Stephens's, and has the same coat of arms at the end [lacking in this copy], as the Catechism of 1577 ... Herbert has been entirely indebted to Ames for his description of this rare little book; of which I never s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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