Two short Treatises, against the Orders of the begging Friars … Faithfully printed according to two ancient Manuscript Copies, extant, the one in Benet Colledge in Cambridge, the other remaining in the publike Librarie at Oxford … At Oxford, Printed by Joseph Barnes … 1608. [Bound, probably as issued, with:]



JAMES, Thomas. An Apologie for John Wickliffe, shewing his Conformitie with the now Church of England; with Answere to such slanderous Objections, as have beene lately urged against him by Father Parsons, the Apologists, and others. Collected chiefly out of diverse Works of his in written Hand, by Gods especiall Providence remaining in the publike Library at Oxford, of the honourable Foundation of Sr. Thomas Bodley Knight … At Oxford, printed by Joseph Barnes … 1608.

Oxford, 1608.

Two works, 4to., pp. [8], 62, [2]; [8], 75, [5]; some foxing, heavy at the beginning, edges of first title-page chipped, else a good copy in modern sheep, rubbed, front hinge broken; armorial bookplate of John Hollis, Duke of Newcastle, on verso of title-page.

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First editions of both works. Thomas James was the first librarian of the newly-founded Bodleian Library in Oxford, and a formidable Protestant controversialist in his own right, who trawled the Bodliean collections for historical evidence.

Two Short Treatises comprises two proto-Reformation anti-clerical tracts, An Apologie summarizes Wyclif’s views on various theological issues ‘to shew his conformitie with the now Church of England in the chiefest points controverted’.

STC 25589 and 14445; Madan, I, pp. 73 and 70.

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