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THE HISTORIE OF THE HOLY WARRE and THE HOLY STATE (with THE PROFANE STATE).
Cambridge, printed by Thomas Buck, one of the printers to the Universitie of Cambridge,1639.2 works bound together, the first is a FIRST EDITION, 1639. Cambridge, printed by Thomas Buck. Folio, approximately 280 x 185 mm, 11 x 7ΒΌ inches, added engraved pictorial title page preceded by explanation page, some woodcut headpieces and decorated initials, LACKS FOLDING MAP OF PALESTINE, pages: (16), 1 - 286, (28) - Table, bound in full calf, new spine, maroon gilt lettered label between raised bands to spine, corners repaired, all edges stained green. The engraved title page shows a procession of crusaders going from the church of Europe at the top to the Temple of the Sepulchre at the bottom, with death, Saladin and an angel performing acts of slaughter next to the pathway, portraits of Saladin and a Crusader at the top. Covers scuffed and worn with loss of surface leather, the upper cover sprung (not lying flat), The Explanation page has margins trimmed to text and is mounted on verso of first free endpaper, engraved title page and Explanation slightly dusty, neat repairs to edges of Explanation, engraved title and printed title page, slight loss to the inner margin of engraved title page, all reinserted on stubs, occasional pale age - browning, small pale stains to a few margins, occasional small brown spot, pastedowns stained, otherwise a very good copy. Bound with: THE HOLY STATE and PROFANE STATE, by THOMAS FULLER, London, printed by John Redmayne for John Williams, printed title pages to both parts dated 1663, the Fourth Edition, added engraved pictorial title page dated 1648, large crown on printed title pages, 20 half page PORTRAITS in the text of famous men and women engraved by William Marshall, separate dated title page to The Profane State at page 341, pages: (8), 1 - 510, several mispaginations and numbers 190 - 199 and 395 - 434 not utilised, collated and guaranteed complete, catch words correct, 1 lower margin torn with loss, not affecting image or text, 1 lower corner torn with loss just affecting 2 words which have been pencilled in, 1 page has old ink marginalia and date, not affecting text, old ink names and scribble to first pastedown and first and last endpapers, occasional pale brown spots and small stains, otherwise all good copies. Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661) was a clergyman and a historian. The Holy War, his first historical work, is a history of the crusades. The Holy State, perhaps the most popular of all his writings, describes the holy state as existing in the family and in public life, gives rules of conduct, model "characters" for the various professions and holy and profane biographies (that is of moral and immoral persons). It is not a religious book. Among the biographies of the worthy are Sir Francis Drake, St. Augustine, Lord Burleigh, Queen Elizabeth, Lady Jane Grey, Paracelsus, Bishop Ridley, Cardinal Wolsey, the Black Prince and others, among the profane are Joan of Arc, the Witch of Endor, Joan of Naples, Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo, Cesare Borgia and others. His rules of conduct encompass a wide variety of life's problems: Of Apparell, Of Building, Of Anger, Of Memory, Of Tombes, Of Marriage, Of Deformitie, Of Contentment, Of Fame, Of Books etc. Fuller was known to be a wit and his rules are full of pithy sayings: 'It is a vanity to persuade the world one hath much learning by getting a great library'; 'The Genius of the Author is commonly discovered in the Dedicatory Epistle'. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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