[DAVIES, John (translator)]. Apocalypsis, or the Revlation of certain notorious Advancers of Heresie, wherein their Visions and private Revelations by Dreams are discovered to be most incredible Blasphemies, and enthusiastical Dotages, together with an Account of their Lives, Actions, and Ends, whereunto are added the effigies of seventeen (who excelled the rest in Rashness, Impudence, and Lying,) done in Copper Plates, faithfully and impartially translated out of the Latin … the third Edition. London, J. Williams, 1671.
2 works in one vol., 8vo, pp. 1: 31, [1 (blank)], 544, , 2: , [2 (blank)], 78; the first with copper-engraved frontispiece portrait to A1v, the second with 17 copper-engraved portraits in-text; bound without 3F8 (index); trimmed with occasional minor loss at top- and fore-edges, short tear to final leaf (insignificantly affecting portrait border), toned with foxing to later leaves, frontispiece backed onto paper; modern calf-backed boards with paper sides, spine lettered directly in gilt; contemporary ownership inscription to title (largely torn away), contemporary reading-marks in ink and pencil.
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Πανσεβεια, or a View of all Religions in the World, with the several Church-Governments, from the Creation, to these Times, also a Discovery of all known Heresies in all Ages and Places, and choice Observations and Reflections throughout the whole the fourth Edition, enlarged and perfected … to which are annexed, the Lives, Actions, and Ends of certain notorious Hereticks, with their Effigies in Copper-Plates.
Fourth edition of Ross’s Pansebeia and third of the Apocalypsis. A quarrelsome Aberdonian cleric most memorable for dismissing the works of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Harvey, and Hobbes, Alexander Ross (1591–1654) published in 1653 his Pansebeia, a study of the religions of the world notable for its description of religion in the Americas.
An account of famed heretics, among them Mohamed, the Apocalypsis, translated from a Latin version of the Dutch original, is attributed to Hendrick Lodevick van Haestens. It was first published in 1655 to accompany the second edition of Ross’s Pansebeia.
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