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Dod, Johan, and Robert Cleaver
Leiden: Guiliaem Brewster, 1617. [12],183[i.e. 182]pp. Quarto. Contemporary vellum. Spine somewhat darkened. Light marginal dampstaining to some leaves. Very good. A precious survivor of the Pilgrim Press at Leyden under the direction of William Brewster, and one of only three titles published during its very brief span of activity to bear his imprint. The text is also significant, being Brewster's Dutch edition of Dod's important nonconformist exposition of the Ten Commandments - one of the most influential statements of practical Puritan ethics. Before setting out upon their historic voyage to found a community in the New World, the Puritans, under the leadership of William Brewster, fled their native England for temporary asylum in Holland - first in Amsterdam, which they found uncongenial, then in 1609 in Leyden. There they established a press both to promulgate their teachings, which they were prohibited from publishing in England, and to support themselves. As Harris and Jones have aptly noted, the press was an expression of the same striving for religious freedom which Brewster and his fellow pilgrims would later seek in America: "The establishment of all the Leyden Printing-house was of the nature of a new religion; at all events it was a religious act at the center of a new religion" - THE PILGRIM PRESS. The precise number and identity of titles produced by the Leyden firm during its three or so years of operation have been the subject of some controversy. As noted above, the title offered here is one of the only three to contain Brewster's name on the titlepage, o … [Click Below for Full Description]
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