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THE CHURCH-HISTORY OF BRITAIN, from the birth of Jesus Christ, untill the year MDCXLVIII
London, printed for John Williams. 1655.. FIRST EDITION, 1655. Folio, approximately 360 x 230 mm, 14 x 9 inches, head- and tailpieces, some pictorial initials, 4 engraved plates, 1 double page, plus a fine folding map of Cambridge, some divisional title pages, some dated, pages: [8], 1-171, [8], 1-427, [8], 1-235, [8], 1-238, [8], 1-22, [20] = index, last page blank, there are 2 blank pages present, Rr4 & Hhhh2, lacking blank at Cccccc4, leaves Aaa2 and Aaa3 bound in the wrong order, some errors in numbering but collated and guaranteed complete, bound in Victorian full morocco binding with blind stamped decoration to covers, raised bands to spine, blind stamped and gilt lettered on spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Slight rubbing to hinges, some light scratches to lower cover, old catalogue entry pasted to front pastedown, manuscript notes of births and deaths of 1 family (Samuel and Margaret Prince) from 1846 to 1958 on 2 endpapers, small closed tear to 1 endpaper repaired, slight pale brown stain to title page, neat name at top, small hole in 3 upper margins, no loss of text, small closed tear to 1 upper margin, 2 small margin corners torn off, 1 tiny rust hole in the text with loss of 2 letters, small chip to 1 fore-edge margin, very short closed tear to inner edge of map, neatly repaired on reverse, contents very clean and bright. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy complete with all 4 plates and the map. The work is divided into 11 books as follows: I. The first six centuries: II. From the Conversion of the Saxons to Christianity, untill the (commonly called) Conquest of the Normans; III. From the coming in of the Normans untill the appearing of Iohn Wicliffe; IV. From the first appearing of Iohn Wicliffe untill the Reign of King Henry the Eighth; V. Containing the Reign of King Henry the Eighth; VI. Being the History of Abbeys in England: Of their Originall, Increase, Greatnesse, Decay, and Dissolution; VII. Containing the Reign of King Edward the Sixt; VIII. Containing the Persecutions under the Reign of Queen Mary; IX. Containing the Reign of Queen Elizabeth; X. Containing the Reign of King James; XI. Containing the Reign of King Charles. In addition the volume contains Fuller's The History of the University of Cambridge since the Conquest (register continuous, 172 pages) and The History of Waltham-Abby in Essex, founded by King Harold (register continuous, 22 pages). Both of these items have special title pages dated 1655. The plates consist of a double page of coats of arms of the "Knights Joined with the Monkes of Ely by William the Conquerour"; 2 plates facing each other of different views of Lichfield Cathedral, 1 signed W. Hollar, the other Ro. Vaughan; a plate of coats of arms showing "The Seales of Armes of all the Mitred Abbeys in England"; and a folding street map of Cambridge showing the colleges, churches and other buildings in 1634. A political and religious moderate, Fuller (1608-1661) is known as a scholarly cleric and witty writer who blended humour with didacticism. Although popular with his contemporaries, his work suffered a lengthy period of critical neglect following the Restoration. Interest in his work was revived in the nineteenth century, however, largely through the efforts of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Charles Lamb, both of whom considered Fuller a genius comparable to Shakespeare. The Church-History covers events from the time Christianity was introduced into Britain up to the time of the work's publication and includes a description of the execution of Charles I. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST. THIS BOOK IS VERY HEAVY AND WILL REQUIRE EXTRA POSTAGE.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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