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Stroud Booksellers
John Stroud
HC 68, Box 94, Pembroke Road Williamsburg WV 24991
304-645-7169
www.stroudbooks.com
raretheology@stroudbooks.com
Theology, Church History, the Reformation, Early Printed Books, Pietism, Methodism, Puritan, Presbyterianism, Agriculture, Horticulture, West Virginia
Booth Number: 48

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Work of Mr. John Milton. Milton, John. 1697.

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First Collected Edition of Milton's English Prose Works, London, 1697
 
Bound early Cambridge style paneled calf in blind, sometime recently rebacked with raised bands but no title label, original leather rubbed and scuffed, chipped at edges, later free endpapers, endpapers split along inside hinge but hinge is tight, two 2cm tears in bottom margin of Rr , light tanning 3 of page edges near front and back, foxing and/or soiling spots on title and next 3 leaves, otherwise text quite clean, printed on heavy paper.
 
Collation: title leaf, contents leaf, A-Cccc4. Final leaf blank and is present. Good+.

Price $1,600.00

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Cabala, Sive Scrinia Sacra: Mysteries of State and Government, in Letters of Illustrious Persons, and Great Ministers of State, As well Foreign as Domestick, In the Reigns of King Henry the Eighth, Queen Elizabeth, King James, and King Charles. Wherein Such Secrets of Empire, and Publick Affairs, as were then in Agitation, are clearly Represented; And many remarkable Passages faithfully Collected. BEDELL, GABRIEL and COLLINS, THOMAS, comp. London, Printed for Tho. Sawbridge in Little- Britain, Mat. Gillyflower inWestminster-Hall, Ric. Bentley in Covent-Garden, Mat. Wootton in Fleet-street, and Geo. Conniers in Little-Britain, MDCXCI. [1691].

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"Professes to give impartially all the materials of the secret history of the last years of James, and the earliest of Charles, and especially those concerning the actions of Buckingham, the "Subtleties of Spain," and the "Practises of our Home-Roman Catholics, and of some of those who were called Puritans then." Among the papers of interest new to the public were Bacon's Considerations concerning the Queen's Service in Ireland (undated) and a large number of letters fromhimand others to Buckingham. The whole is a curious medley of foreign, home, Irish, and even university affairs."-- The Cambridge History of English Literature, Vol. 7, p489.
 
Sometime recently rebound in full calf with raised bands outlined with double fillets in blind, earlier morocco title label on spine, cover with double fillet panels side by side with fleur-de-lys in each corner all in blind, new headbands, new endpapers, speckled page edges, small circular red library stamp in red on back side of frontispiece and top of leaf A2, two small circular library stamps (one red) and one red library stamp on bottom of title page, red oblong library stamp on bottom of pp. 215, 217 and the last page, library stamps are all from an early period. Light foxing but heavier on first and last few pages, very small foxing hole in leaf M1, 3cm tear along bottom inner edge of title page, 2cm tear in bottom of Ddd1, small dampstainin just bleeding down from top edge on some pages. Nice copperplate engraved title of Queen Elizabeth with Lord Burleigh on her right and Sr. Fr. Walsingham on her left--"Gu: Faythorne sculp:" Red and black printed title page. 2nd title in black and with imprint for Second Part. Engraved armorial bookplate on verso of title fromlibrary of "Herber Jacob Esq. of St. Stephens in Kent" depicting two women sitting on pedestals one playing the cello and the other singing with the caption "Otium cum Libris."
 
Folio. Collation: frontispiece/engr title leaf; printed title, A 2-4, [a]1-2, [b]1, B-Z4, Aa-Ddd4, Eee2; title page leaf, dedication leaf, A2, [b]2, B-P4. Good+
 

Price $450.00

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A Defence of the Apologie of the Churche of Englande, Conteininge an Answeare to a certaine Booke lately set foorthe by M. Hardinge, and Entituled, A Confutation of &c.. Jewel, John. Imprinted at London in Fleetestreate, at the signe of the Elephante, by Henry VVykes. Anno 1567. 27. Octobris. Cum Gratia & Priuilegio RegiƦ Maiestatis.

Description:
John Jewel's A Defence of the Apologie of the Churche of Englande, London, 1567, First Edition, variant.
 
John Jewel (1522-1571) "Bishop of Salisbury and a noted defender of the Reformation settlement in England... and to answer with an equally massive work, A defence of the `Apologie of the Churche of England' (1567).... The controversy with Harding made Jewel the champion of, and for a time the most famous bishop in, the English reformed church.... As his reputation grew, so did the authoritative status of the Apologie and the Defence of the `Apologie'.... By this time Jewel was regarded as the model for the evangelical episcopate of the Jacobean church and his writings as laying essential foundations both for the English church in the generations immediately after his own, and for the theological position that was later called Anglicanism."--John Craig, `Jewel, John (1522-1571)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/14810, accessed 12 Feb 2015].
 
Bound in early leather with simple double gilt fillets around edges of covers, sometime recently rebacked& recornered with tan morocco/gilt title label, early leather quite rubbed& scuffed, more recent new endpapers but with the front paste-down being older and with an armorial bookplate, front endpapers split along hinge and rear endpapers starting to split--but hinges tight, red speckled page edges, a few small starts, light stain on outer 1.5cm of fore-edge of title page, scattered light dampstains--a few large, paper tear in leaf J2 repaired, some top edges trimmed close, one worm hole in leaf 653 spreading to a dozen in the final leaf 92 leaves later, otherwise contents clean. Nice woodcut on title page, woodcut initial letters. Text sent in mixture of black-letter and roman type. Inscription at top of title page "Sn.[?] Regnaldi Whitfold" along with a several Latin phrases.
 
Collation: A6, B6, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Ppp6, Qqq8, Rrr6. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (6) To the Moste Vertvovs...Queene, (11) contents, (5) To the Christian Reader, 1-742, (10) To Maister Hardinge, (8) table. Page 61 misnumbered 49, 62 misnumbered 50. STC (2nd ed.) 14600.5 Online ESTC citation #S112182. With Variant spelling of " foorthe" instead of "foorth" in line 4 of the title page; last quire is Rrr6 instead of R4. Good+
 

Genre: Theology, Church History, Reformation
 

Price $2,250.00

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Sylva Sylvarum: or, A Natural History. In Ten Centuries. Wherevnto is Newly Added the History Naturall and Experimentall of Life and Death, or of the Prolongation of Life. Bacon, Francis. The Seventh Edition. London, Printed for William Lee, and are to be sold by ThomasWilliams at the Bible in Little-Britain, and William Place at Grays-Inne Gate in Holburn, 1658. Small folio, 19.7 x 29.8 x 3cm.

Description:
Francis Bacon: Sylva Sylvarum, 7th Edition, London, 1658.
 
"During his last years Bacon composed his utopia, the New Atlantis, and a natural historical work entitled Sylva sylvarum, meaning a collection of collections, a miscellany of subjects. It is a vast compilation of one thousand paragraphs consisting of extracts frommany books and Bacon's own experiments and observations.... Examples of the 1000 experiments in Sylva Sylvarum: Of Separations of Bodies Liquid by weight; Of Magnitude, Exility, and Damps of Sounds; Of Infectious Diseases; Of Exercise of the Bodie, And the Benefits, or Evils thereof; Of Clarification of Liquours, and the Accelerating thereof; Of Accelerating or Hastening forward Germination; Of Making Herbs and Fruits Medicinable; Of the different Heats of Fire and BoylingWater; Of the Hiccouchs; Of the Insecta, or Creatures bred of Putrefaction; Of Sweat; Of some Prognosticks of Hard Winters; Of certain Medicines that condense and relieve the Spirits; of the Causes of Apetite in the Stomach; Of the Super-Reflexion of Eccho's; Of Maleficiating; etc.
 
Bound early calf boards with three fillets in blind around edges, sometime rebacked in the last 20 years in leather with raised bands, recornered, original leather scuffed with some chips & cracks at edges, early 20th century endpapers pasted over earlier endpapers and on the front cover and old piece of paper with a bookplate cut out pasted over the newer endpaper, archival handmade paper sometime pasted over inside hinges, worm damage in pp209-216 affecting 3 to 4 letters on each page, light foxing. There is an engraved portrait of Bacon facing an engraved title depicting the "Mundus Intellectualis." The engraved title is dated 1651 with the imprint: London Printed for W.Lee and are to be sould at the Great Turks head next to the Mytre Tau rne in Fleetstreet. e Engr. title signed: "Tho:Cecill Sculp:" Printed title printed within double rules. Woodcut initials and headpieces.
 
Collation: frontipiece leaf facing title, engraved title page, A4, (a)4, BT6, V-Y4; A-B2, C-K4; A4, b-e4. Good+.
 

Genre: History of Science, Natural History
 

Price $975.00

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JThe Works of The Pious and Profoundly-Learned Joseph Mede, B.D. Sometime Fellow of Christ's Colledge Cambridge. Mede, Joseph. London, Printed by James Flesher, for William Morden, Book-seller in Cambridge, MDCLXII. [1662]. Folio.

Description:
Joseph Mede's Works, 4th & Best Edition, Including his Treatises on Daniel and Revelation London, 1677
 
Mede's best known work, Clavis Apocalyptica (1627), is an interpretation of the Book of Revelation on the principle that its visions form an organic and related whole in chronological order; the Day of Judgement is a period of a thousand years of peace for the Church on earth. His millenarian doctrines were partly influencedby the astrological studies of his youth."--F. L. Cross: Oxford Dict. Christian Church (1958) p.881.
 
We offer the fourth and best edition of his works, edited by Dr. Worthington and with his life of Mede. It includes among others the following titles: Clavis Apocalyptica; Commentarius in Apocalypsin; Appendix ad Clave Apocalypticam; ...Remains on some passages in the Apocalyps...; Paraphrase and Exposition of the Prophecy of S Peter, 2 Ep. Chap 3.; The Apostasie of the Later Times; Daniel's Weeks; Regnum Romanum est Regnum quqartumDanielis; Revelatio Antichristi. Book IV contains Mede's correspondence, including an interesting exchange with William Twisse (including Twisse's letters to Mede).
 
Collation: half title, title, 2 unsigned leaves, * ** , *** **** 4 4 4 6, a-d6, e2, B-Z6, Aa-Dd6, [Ee2], Ee-Ll6, Mm4, Nn4, Oo-Zz6, Aaa-Ppp6, Qqq4, Rrr4, Sss-Zzz6, Aaaa-Ffff6, Gggg4, [Hhhh]2, Hhhh-Mmmm6, Nnnn2. Pagination: (1) halftitle, (1) verse, (1) title, (1) blank, (1) dedication, (1) blank, (36) General Preface, (1) notes, (1) blank, XLV Authour's Life, (1) blank, (1) half-title, (1) blank, (4) contents 1st books, 1-923 (1)pp., (27) Tables (indexes) (1) blank. Online ESTC #R4749. Good+.
 

Genre: Theology Apocalypse
 

Price $850.00

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