1697 · London
This first edition compilation contains Norris' "Reason and Religion;" "Reflections Upon the Conduct of Human Life;" "A sermon preach'd in the Abby Church of Bath;" "The charge of schism continued;" "Two treatises concerning the divine light," a response to Quakers offended by an earlier publication; and "Spiritual counsel: or, the father's advice to his children," a much softer piece written for his four children. Text also includes two advertisement leaves of "Books printed for S. Manship."
The Rev. Norris (1657–1712), rector of Bemerton near Salisbury ("Sarum" as the title-page fashions it), was an Anglican divine, a poet, a Platonist, and a prominent disciple of Malebranche, and a noted opponent of Locke and critic of philosophical writings.
Provenance: From the Ambrose Swasey Library (Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School) with library stamp on verso of title-page and bottom edge of text block.
Wing (rev. ed.). N1274; ESTC R32226; Smith, Bibliotheca Anti-Quakeriana, p. 340; on Norris, see: DNB (online). Recent marbled paper–covered boards with gilt black leather label, new endpapers, all edges speckled red. Marked as above, light to moderate age-toning and occasional wormwork, almost completely in margins; one leaf with some paper torn away at foremargin. A => variety of pieces from a prolific theological writer. (Inventory #: 36098)