1701 · London
First edition. The Rev. Keach (1640–1704), a famed controversialist and Particular Baptist preacher whose name was attached to the 1677 Catechism, here attempts "an Exposition upon all the Parables and Similitudes spoken by our blessed Lord in the four Evangelists." The rather extensive text bears a title-page printed in red and black, and has been arranged into three books and a supplement, each separately paginated and with its own title-page, although this copy lacks those last for book II and the supplement. Each section concludes with a loosely organized index pointing to commentary on a variety of topics, including Quakers, debtor laws, and the existence of purgatory, although there is no mention of infant baptism, an unusual choice for Keach.
The work also offers an engraved frontispiece of the author, which in this copy has been mounted.
Provenance: From the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (properly deaccessioned).
ESTC T121243. Modern marbled paper–covered boards with gilt red leather spine labels and new endpapers, all edges stained red; two sectional titles lacking, frontispiece mounted, and ex-seminary library as above, with its embossed stamp to title-page and one leaf of text and its five digit accession number stamped in a margin. Final leaf repaired, a few others with a short tear or small hole, a pair of interior leaves rather inexplicably tattered and with closed tears, and a number of creased corners/margins; old, mostly marginal waterstaining with occasional other staining or spotting. All faults noted, this is yet a sound and => pleasantly usable volume. (Inventory #: 37229)