1647 · London
A Calvinist controversialist attacks the English Baptists in Featly's best-known published work, arising from his participation in one of the great public religious debates of the 17th century.
The present example is the fifth edition, "augmented with severall Speeches delivered before this Assembly of Divines [and] the famous History of the Frantick anabaptists, their wild Preachings and Practices in Germany," and illustrated with => three plates: a tipped-in frontispiece portrait of the Rev. Featley (engraved by William Marshall), an allegorically rendered depiction of Featley's funeral effigy, and => an irreverently drawn rogues' gallery of the different types of Anabaptists. The section of speeches has a separate title-page, noting that the printing was done by M.F. for Richard Royston in 1646, with the pagination and signatures of this section being continuous with the first; the final portion also has a separate title-page, giving a printing date of 1647.
Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of the Charles Holbrook Library, Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
Wing (rev. ed.) F588; ESTC R25394. Contemporary mottled calf, framed and panelled in blind double fillets, central panel of plain calf with blind-tooled corner fleurons, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-stamped compartment decorations; spine (and spine label), joints, and edges rubbed, front panel with areas of chipping, front joint just starting from head. Ex-library as above; spine with paper shelving label, front pastedown lifted and partially excised with bookplate affixed to board; back pastedown also lifted, with library slip affixed and pocket on rear board. Front fly-leaf and frontispiece with outer edges ragged, both the former and the title-page institutionally rubber-stamped, fly-leaf and title-page with early inked ownership inscription. Occasional smudges and small edge nicks. The necessary description suggests a "poor soul" of a book — however, this isn't one. (Inventory #: 34289)