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ABBOT, Robert
The Young Mans Warning-piece. Or, A Sermon preached at the burial of Williams Rogers. Apothecary. WIth an History of his sinful Life, and Woful Death. Together with a Post-script of the use of Examples. Dedicated to the young Men of the Parish, especially to his Companions
London: Printed by J.R. for John Williams, 1671. [20], 76, 79-102pp. Recent antique-style blind-ruled calf, contrasting morocco title-label, gilt, to upper board. New endpapers. Marginal chipping, marking and signs of adhesion to preliminaries. With manuscript biographical notes on William Rogers to title, and the inscription of Edward Perronet to verso: 'The gift of Mr Thos. Smith esq. Aldermn. and Mayor of Cant. to E. Perronet of the same place on Tu. Nov. 19th 1771'. Very occasional notes to text. A rare survival of the popular seventeenth-century funeral sermon, which recounts the sinful life and bad end of the local apothecary William Rogers. After a holy upbringing, the Kentish medical man's life is described as having descended into keeping poor company, drinking, neglecting his religious habits and refusing to recant his sinful ways. He is struck down on the very morning he intended to return to his local Church, and proceeds to reveal his deathbed fears of damnation (echoing the notorious Nicodemite Francis Spira) to Robert Abbot, his local Vicar. Originally given by Abbot at Cranbrook, Kent in January 1636, this sermon on the text of Proverbs iv. 19., captured the popular print imagination in a similar manner to Nathaniel Bacon's contemporary account of Spira's anguish. It was first published soon after as The young-mans warning-peece (London, 1636) and featured in contemporary ballads. Extant copies prove that the work was reprinted in 1637, 1639, 1652 and 1657 before this apparently final edition appeared. All are rare; ESTC locates only a single copy of present … [Click Below for Full Description]
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