London:: J. Playford for R. Chiswell, T. Sawbridge, and R. Bently [Pt. I], J. Macock for Richard Chiswell, Thomas Sawbridge, George Wells, and Robert Bently [Pt. II], 1685.. 2 volumes. (First 2 of 3 parts). Tall 4to. [vi], xx, , 367, ; [x], 520 pp. Vol. Part II Errata (inserted in front of B1). Front free end-papers loose with extremities chipped both vols. Contemporary half calf over leather, 5 raised bands; worn, all covers detached, spine ends missing pieces, paper labels to spine feet, first 6 ff. stained at gutter (possible leather preservative or similar substance). Theological Institute of Connecticut blind-stamps to first and last few pages both vols. As is. Lacking Pt. III, Containing an Explication of the Lord�s Prayer, with an Introduction, and Appendix to it. First part is a second edition (unstated, first issued 1678), second part is the third edition corrected (stated, first issued 1680 & 1681). On Pt. II: �Gabriel Towson, formerly a fellow of All Souls and later a Hertfordshire rector, also wrote a moderating analysis of the Ten Commandments which he published the year after Durham�s book appeared [Durham, James, The Law Unsealed, or a Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments, Edinburgh, 1676]. Towerson dedicated his study to the archbishop of Canterbury and as expected championed an orthodox Anglican approach� (Katz, p. 113). Towerson was an English clergyman who studied at All Souls� College and published nine theological works before his death. REFERENCES: Katz, Davis S., Sabbath and Sectarianism in Seventeenth Century England, Leiden: Brill, 1988. FULL TITLE: An Explication to the Catechism of the Church of England. Part I: Containing an Explication of the Preliminary Questions and Answers of it, and of the Apostles Creed: Together with an Introduction to the Whole in a Discourse concerning Catechizing and the Catechism of the Church of England. Part II: Containing an Explication of the Decalogue or Ten Commandments, to which are premised by way of Introduction several General Discourses concerning God�s both Natural and Positive Laws. (Inventory #: LV2170)
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