by [POLE, Reginald (1500-1558)] Thomas PHILLIPS (1708-1774).
London:: T. Payne, W. Johnston, S. Bladon, W. Nichol, and W. Flexney, 1767.. 2 vols. 8vo. [iii]-xxxi, , 495, ; xii, 340 pp. Vol. I folding portrait frontispiece of Pole engraved by Thomas Major after a painting by Raphael, Vol. II folding table showing Pole�s �pedigree� identifying him as a descendent of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault; closed tear lower right frontispiece, Vol. I lacking half-title. Original dark green cloth; covers detached, spines missing large pieces. Ex Oblatorum S. Caroli Bibliotheca bookplates, matching rubber stamps to title-pages, half-title, verso frontispiece and folding table. Pitts Theology Library bookplates with �withdrawn� rubber stamps. As is, though internally very good. SECOND EDITION of Phillips� comprehensive, anti-Protestant biography of Cardinal Pole. �The End at which Mr. Phillips aims, and to inculcate which the life of this Cardinal was chosen as a proper mean, is the Supremacy of the Bishop of Rome, as of divine right, and necessary to salvation; and thence to infer the damnable impiety of those, who refuse that supremacy in this Kingdom, and maintain the King�s over all his Subjects� (Ridley, p. 113). � The engraving of Pole is regarded as one of Major�s �principal plates.� Major �was for forty years seal engraver to the king, and in 1770 received from the Royal Academy the honour of being elected first associate engraver� (Bryan, p. 96). PROVENANCE: The Ex Oblatorum Caroli Biblioteca bookplates and stamps refer to the library of a chapter of the Oblates of St. Charles who operate out of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Bayswater, London. The Oblates of St. Charles were founded in 1570 in Milan by St. Charles Borromeo to form �a body of missionaries for home work among the neglected classes. �In London, under the direction of Cardinal Wiseman, Dr. (afterward Archbishop) [Henry Edward] Manning and the Rev. Herbert Vaughan (afterward bishop of Salford), with five other priests, founded an establishment of Oblates of St. Charles, in St. Charles�s college at Bayswater. �They make an �oblation� or vow of obedience to the bishop, the vow of poverty being voluntary� (Ripley & Dana, p. 565). REFERENCES: Bryan, Michael, Dictionary of Painters and Engravers: Biographical and Critical, Vol. 2, London: George Bell and Sons, 1889, p. 96; Ridley, Glocester, A Review of Mr. Phillip�s History of the Life of Reginald Pole, J. Whiston and B. White, and J. Dodsley, 1766, p. 113; Ripley, George & Charles Anderson Dana [eds.]., The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge, Vol. 12, New York: D. Appleton, p. 565. (Inventory #: LV2141)
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