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The Key of the Revelation Searched and demonstrated out of the Naturall and Proper Characters of the Visions With A Comment thereupon, according to the Rule of the fame Key, published in Latine by the profoundly learned Mr Joseph Mede B.D late Fellow of Christs-College in Canbridge Translated into English by Richard More of Linley in the County of Salop, Esquire one of the Burgess on this present convention of Parliament. The Second Edition in English whereunto is added A Conjecture concerning Gog and Magog by the same Author.

By Joseph Mede; Richard More (trans.)

1650

Printed at London by J. L. for Phil Stephens : London

7.5" by 5.5"

[16] 123pp. [1] 137pp. [15] [4]

 

 

 

DETAILS

The second English edition of this very scarce work on the Book of Revelations by noted scholar, Joseph Mede.

Collated complete using copac, Historical Texts, catch words and page signatures. (ESTC R1085). Contains very scarce publisher's advertisements to the rear of the work. Contains fold out plate and demonstrative vignettes as called for. The second English edition of the work. First published in Latin as Clavis Apocalyptica in 1627. The first English edition was published in 1643. The second edition is the first edition to contain the additional work 'A Conjecture Concerning Gog and Magog in the Revelation' who, according to the Book of Ezekiel, are the enemies of God's people. Joseph Mede was an English biblical scholar. This work, his magnum opus, Clavis Apocalyptica (The Key of the Revelation) was a hugely influential work on the interpretation of the Book of Revelation. The work predicts the end of the world by 1716, by which time the Jewish population would be miraculously converted to Christianity in preparation for the second coming. The work drew heavily upon Eastern thought, more specifically understanding the Apocalypse through a book of ancient dream interpretation attributed to Achmer. Those who followed Mede's chronology include Isaac Newton and Thomas Goodwin. The English Edition was translated by Richard More. More was the MP for Bishop's Castle, and was a well-known puritan who wrote heavily on puritan themes. In 1643 More translated the first English edition of Clavis Apocalyptica. He died later that year. A fascinating and extremely scarce work.

CONDITION

Rebound in brown crushed morocco. Externally very smart with some slight rubbing to the extremities and to the head of the spine. Spine slightly sunned. Front hinge strained. Ink inscription of O. W. Smith to front blank. Internally firmly bound. Text is closely cropped, although all text is in tact. Slight loss to title page, not affecting the text. Contemporary ink correction to title page, correcting the spelling of 'heaven'. Small burn mark to page 71. Occasional ink and pencil annotations to the text. Closed tears to fold out plate, which have been neatly repaired with archival tape to the rear. Pages age-toned with just the odd spot, heavier to the first and last few pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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