Two works bound together, folio, pp. , 826, , with an additional engraved title-page by Merian (featuring a portrait of Donne) and the initial and terminal blanks; and pp. , 474; fine, fresh and crisp copies, in contemporary blind-ruled calf, joints rubbed; binder’s waste from an earlier 8vo volume, rear endpapers with offset from a work by Thomas Fuller.
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First editions of the first two collections of Donne’s sermons. Large, complete copies in original condition like the present are now uncommon.
Prefixed to LXXX Sermons is the first appearance in print (later to be published separately in an expanded form) of Izaak Walton’s account of Donne’s life, which describes him as a ‘Preacher in earnest, weeping sometimes ... preaching to himself like an Angell from a cloud’. Fifty Sermons is designated 'The second volume' in the ongoing sequence, despite the different publisher.
Six of Donne’s sermons, not included here, were published during his lifetime; seven more, including Death’s Duell, were printed soon after his death, and an eighth was printed anonymously in 1638. These two voumes, and the third collection issued in 1661, ‘include the seven posthumous sermons ... but the remaining 147, with the exception of the one which had been issued anonymously in 1638, had not been printed before’ (Keynes).
STC 1738 and Wing D 1682; Keynes 29 and 30.
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Testimonies for the real presence of Christes body and blood in the blessed Sacrame[n]t of the aulter set foorth at large, & faithfully translated, out of six auncient fathers which lyved far within the first six hundred yeres …
First edition, ‘part of the concerted Catholic reply to John Jewel’s attack on the Mass begun by his sermon at Paul’s Crosse in 1559’ (Allison & Rodgers). Poyntz, of Alderley, Gloucestershire, had been a perpetual fellow of New College, Oxford, before he cut family ties and left for Louvain.
The binding is contemporary English work, with the panel and border cut after Venetian models. A similar design executed with the same stamps can be found on a copy of Joannes a Lasco’s Tractatio de Sacramentis (London, 1552) in the Grenville library (G.11,698). Unsigned gilt bindings in this style have long been associated with with French émigré printer and binder Thomas Berthelet (d. 1555), who acted as agent and binder for Henry VIII. They are among the earliest use of gilding on English books. This present binding obviously post-dates Berthelet but shows his influence. The ‘Mari Glascok’ for whom this book was bound is perhaps Mary Glascock (née Josselyn, b. 1525), daughter of Sir Thomas Josselyn of Hyde, who married John Glascock of Powers Hall, Witham, Essex, in 1554.
STC (2nd ed.), 20082.