1615 A Search Made into Matters of Religion
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Early Edition, Leather Binding
The second edition of this extremely scarce publication. The first printing of this title was in 1609. This work was printed during the reign of James I. James I was a Protestant monarch who sanctioned harsh measures to control English Catholics following the gunpowder plot. The author of this work, Walsingham, was one of the forty-seven priests banished from England after the Gunpowder Plot. Walsingham entered the English College, Rome, on October 27th 1606 and was ordained a priest on 12 April 1608 and was then sent back to England. However, he entered the Society of Jesus a year later. His pilgrimage was recounted in this work, which was produced with the assistance of Robert Persons, the rector of the English College. He re-entered England on a mission for the Jesuits under the alias of John Fennell and worked in the Leicestershire and Derby districts. ESTC: S119384. Prior owner's inscription to the title page, T Busby S.J. Bookplate to the front pastedown, Jean-Marie-Philippe Dubourg. Dubourg was the Bishop of Limoges from 1802-1822. A second bookplate to the front pastedown, Jean-Joseph-Marie-Sixte de Marliave. De Marliave was a pilot and sculptor from Mondonvill, Haute-Garonne. In English. With the collation: *- 3*4, A-3S4. Collated, complete. A very scarce publication.
In a contemporary calf binding. Externally, sound. Rubbing to the boards and spine. Minor loss to the joints and to the extremities. Loss to the rear board at the extremity. Front blank is detached but present. Bookplates to the front pastedown. Prior owner's inscription to the title page, T Busby, S.J. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Worming, to *1-3, 3R3-end at the bottom margin and fore-edge, not affecting the text. Small interlinear hole to N3. Contemporary correction N2v. Tidemark to the bottom margin of all pages at the gutter, not affecting pages. Minor worming to the bottom of the gutter to all leaves, not affecting any text. Occasional spots to pages.
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