1863 The Baptistery, or, The Way of Eternal Life
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
Sixth Edition. Two volumes in one, complete. With an additional illustrated title and several plates throughout. Armorial bookplate to front pastedown. The Reverend Isaac Williams (1802–1865) was a prominent member of the Oxford Movement, a student and disciple of John Keble and, like the other members of the movement, associated with Oxford University. A prolific writer, Williams wrote poetry and prose including the well known Tract: "On Reserve in Communicating Religious Knowledge". The Baptistery, of 1842, a series of thirty-two verse meditations, was inspired by the allegorical drawings of the Flemish engraver Boethius a Bolswert, which Williams had found in Antoine Sucquet's Via vitae aeternae, or ‘The way of eternal life’, first published in 1620.
In a half calf binding. Externally sound although rubbed. Front joint slightly strained but holding firm. Internally, firmly bound, bright and generally clean, with a few scattered spots, predominantly to the first and last few pages.
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