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Sprat, Thomas
The Bishop of Rochester's second letter to the Right Honourable the Earl of Dorset and Middlesex, Lord-Chamberlain of His Majesty's household
Edward Jones, London, 1689. Large paper copy of the first edition in a binding seemingly meant for presentation, 4to (235 x 185 mm.), pp. [4], 64; title within double-ruled border; contemporary red turkey morocco, covers with elaborate paneling in gilt with fleurons at the corners and sides, unlettered gilt-decorated spine in 6 compartments, a.e.g.; binding a little rubbed, but still very good and sound. This is the second of two letters written by Sprat at the time of the Revolution, in which he attempts to justify his taking a seat of an ecclesiastical commission established in 1686 by James II. Sprat was not averse to James's declaration for liberty of conscience, but by the time James fled to France Sprat's sympathy for his monarch was awkward. This copy with the early armorial bookplate of the Duke of Beaufort (Henry Somerset): his sympathy for James makes him a logical recipient for Sprat's self-justifications. Wing S5049. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books (ABAA / ILAB) [St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.]
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