1637 · London
Smith (1584–1665), an English clergyman and trusted mentor of theologian Richard Baxter (1615–91), produced several often reprinted publications, of which this is one. This edition of six sermons is advertised as "the ninth impression, corrected, amended, and and much enlarged," but an interesting prefatory note from the printer claims it is the first truly correct edition as Smith was "dwelling far distant from the City, and having a Pastorall charge to attend upon, could not attend the Press" for earlier printings.
Provenance: Round armorial bookplate of Baronet Heathcote of Hursley on front pastedown; bookplate of Thomas Vernon of Hanbury (1654–1721) dated 1703 attached to title-page verso. Later in the Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released), with library bookplate tucked in front cover.
Copies of any early edition of this text are scarce, and => searches of NUC, COPAC, and OCLC reveal only three known copies, this copy one of only two in North America, and now deacessioned. Two other reported copies in COPAC are false. The other North American copy is described in the library's catalogue record as "Imperfect: leaves B4-B5, C3 and V7 lacking; faded and stained in places, spine broken; covers detached.
ESTC S4905; STC (rev. ed.) 22849.7. On Smith, see: DNB (online). Contemporary calf, Cambridge–style binding with raised bands ruled in blind and gilt-lettered red leather spine label, covers double framed and panelled in blind, board edges rolled in gilt; rebacked, new endpapers, added engraved title-page and one leaf of text.lacking, covers rubbed with some loss of leather. Moderate age-toning with the very occasional spot;; two leaves with corners torn and loss of a letter or two but not sense, one with a small hole, another two repaired. Bookplates as described above, call numbers on title-page verso, rubber-stamp on title-page and one leaf of text. => Imperfect, but worthwhile. (Inventory #: 36326)