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3117B Boston
July 20, 2018 12:00 PMCalender

Whitgift, John (1530?-1604) An Answere to a Certen Libel Intituled, An Admonition to the Parliament.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3117B Location: Boston Date / Time: July 20, 2018 12:00PM


Whitgift, John (1530?-1604) An Answere to a Certen Libel Intituled, An Admonition to the Parliament. London: by Henrie Bynneman, for Humfrey Toy, 1572. First edition, quarto, title page printed within typographical ornament border, text in black letter, large elaborate woodcut initials; the Stirling Maxwell copy, bound in straight-grained navy blue morocco with his initials and coat of arms tooled in blind on front board, spine lettered in gilt, a.e.g., some rubbing, bottom back board corner leather peeling slightly; ex libris Robert Vaughan Hughes, with his bookplate pasted inside the front board, 7 x 4 3/4 in.

Macaulay described Whitgift as "a narrow, mean, tyrannical priest, who gained power by servility and adulation." The 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica entry moderates slightly, suggesting that Macaulay's point of view is "tinged with rhetorical exaggeration;" but nonetheless asserting that "Whitgift's extreme High Church notions led him to treat the Puritans with exceptional intolerance."

A4, a2, B-Y4, Aa-Pp4.
Estimate $2,500-3,500

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Robert Vaughan Hughes, London