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The Works of The Reverend and Learned

Mr John Gregory

Master of Arts in Christ's Church Oxon

In Two Parts: The First Containing Notes and Observations upon Several Passages in Scripture

The Second his Posthuma being divers learned tracts upon various subjects

By Mr John Gregory

1671 - London - Richard Royston

7.5" by 6"; [24], 166pp, [26]

 

 

DETAILS

A fascinating work of observational essays and religious notations.

An important work, very scarce and here complete.

According to the ESTC there was a publication of this work in 1665. Therefore, this is the second edition of this work.

With three woodcut illustrations and an astrological chart.

Comprising of two parts, the first is a selection of notes and observations on religious scripture. The second part to this work is Gregory's 'Posthuma' which is a selection of written tracts on a wide range of topics.

Each section has its own title page, as called for. The second to eighth tracts also have an additional title page, as called for.

I A Discourse on the LXX Interpreters
II A Discourse Declarint what Time the Nicene Creed Began to be Sung in the Church
III A Sermon on the Resurrection from I Corinth CV.XX
IV A Disproof of Him in S Luke III ver. 36
V Episcopus Puerorum in Die Innocentium
VI De Seris & Epochis Shewing the Several Accounts of Time Among All Nations From the Creation to the Present Age
VII: The Assyrian Monarchy: Being a Short Description of its Rise and Fall
VIII: The Description and Use of the Terrestrial Globe

Vignette title page to tract five.

Collated, complete.

Written mostly in English, there are some passages to this work in Latin and Greek.

The essays to the second part of this work are extremely interesting. The topics range from geography and history to Renaissance folklore. The final chapter discusses the terrestrial globe, and another reflects on the rise and fall of the Assyrian empire. Two of the woodcuts to the chapter on the Church of Old Sarum depict the monk-fish of the Renaissance era. The monk-fish or 'sea monk' was the talk of 16th century Europe. Many naturalists claimed to have spotted the half-man, half-fish monster. Gregory references the naturalist Rondeletius to this work.

William Orme's Bibliotheca Biblica reviews this book as containing 'things learned, curious and fanciful.' 'Some of the notes are important, and contain a good deal of rabbinical lore.' (Orme, 1824, p217.)

A scarce and interesting work. A fascinating insight into topical seventeenth century writing.  

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Rebacked with original boards preserved. Externally, generally smart. Small patches of rubbing to the extremities and to the head and tail of spine. Some bumping to the extremities. A few marks to boards. Hinges are slightly strained but firm with some remnants of adhesive from previous repair. Bibliographical information on one of the tracts found pasted to he front pastedown. Prior owner's notations to the rear pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned, mostly to edges. Occasional spots found to text. Overall: VERY GOOD.


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