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TAYLOR, Jeremy. The great exemplar of Sanctity and Holy Life according to the Christian Institution: Described in the History of the Life and Death of the ever Blessed jesus christ the saviour of the world. With Cnsiderations and Discourses upon the several parts of the Story; And Prayers fitted to the several Mysteries.

London. Printed by R. Norton, for Richard Royston, 1657. Third edition.
Folio. [54], 600pp, [12]. With an engraved frontispiece, an additional engraved title-page, and 14 engraved plates by William Faithorne. With a terminal publisher's advertisement leaf. 'The history of the life and death of the Holy Jesus' in three parts, has a separate dated title-page for each part. Handsomely bound in near contemporary black panelled morocco, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece, spine richly gilt, A.E.G. Slightest of rubbing to extremities, slight splitting to upper joint. Marbled endpapers, ownership inscription of 'J. J. Goodenough' to recto of front blank fly-leaf, very small marginal worm-trail to one gathering, small hole to lower margin of leaf Pp3, light damp-staining to upper corner of latter half of text-block, very occasional spotting. The copy of bookseller and bibliographer Graham Pollard's (1903-1976) , with his booklabel to FEP.
A sumptuous copy of Chaplain in Ordinary to Charles I, and Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor and Down, Jeremy Taylor's (bap.1613, d.1667) meditative life of Christ. First printed in 1649, this third edition was the last to be revised by Taylor personally, and includes an additional four plates not included in the second (first illustrated) edition. Taylor, much admired for his eloquence and poetical imagination, has garnered great praise throughout the intervening centuries; with Coleridge situating him amongst the masters of early seventeenth century literature, alongside Bacon and Milton - leading the author to be dubbed the 'Shakespeare of Divines'.
ESTC R11726, Wing T344.
£ 1,250.00 Antiquates Ref: 14839