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The Unbishoping of Timothy and Titus. Or A briefe elaborate discourse, prooving Timothy to be no bishop (much lesse any sole, or diocæsan bishop) of Ephesus, nor Titus of Crete : and that the power of ordination, or imposition of hands, belongs jure divino to presbyters, as well as to bishops, and not to bishops onely. Wherein all objections and pretences to the contrary are fully answered; and the pretended superiority of bishops over other ministers and presbyters jure divino, (now much contended for) utterly subverted in a most perspicuous maner. By a wellwisher to Gods truth and people.
Publisher and place of publication not given [Amsterdam : Printed by J.F. Stam] 1636 - 12mo (180mm X 145mm) tract bound as a hardcover with dark-brown cloth covered spine, leather corner tips, and beige boards. pp: 173, [2],[1 errata] - pagination error: p165 for p173. Signatures: A later state of STC 20476: A-T4, V2 (V3 through X4 cancelled by X-Y4 Z2) - new leaves possibly printed in London (STC). Head-pieces, ornate initial letters; printed margin text. Going by the 1819 date shown on watermark end-papers, binding is circa first quarter of 19th century, although front board has since been reattached very competently by combination of cloth spine covering and a discreet glued-paper inner hinge reinforcement. Provenance: bookplate of John William Whittaker to front paste-down, along with a previous owner name with 1857 date inked below - this name also inked to upper margin of first page of text; and armorial bookplate of William Allen Potter to ffep recto. Good condition. Sturdy binding with wear to fore-corners; front board reattachment very competently performed and holding very well - an inner hinge repair after front fly-leaf. All leaves secure, and although text-block is trimmed with upper and lower margins trimmed to 10mm and 15mm respectively to nearest line of text (all page no.s and next page first word tags not affected), fore-margins are still generous, Leaves are mostly clean and crease-free, but title page and last two leaves (p[173], [2], [1 errata]) are creased and age-dulled. Last two leaves also have their lower quarter sections missing or torn away affecting a few lines of text, while title-page also has a light water stain down one half, as well as a 35mm closed fore-edge tear. pp1-18 also have fore-edge closed tears (though not as large as the title page tear,) along with light water contact evidence to lower corner. p17/18 has a 65mm tear that cuts through text, and p158-172 have a discoloured patch to lower sections that progressively become larger towards the end leaves, though text remains clear through this. Overall a nicely preserved copy of this very scarce first edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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