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The Penitent instructed.

SEGNERI Paolo (1703)

£240.00  [First Edition]

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Written in Italian by the R.F. Paul Segneri, of the Society of Jesus. Done into English. First Edition in English. 8vo., (170 x 110 mm) [6] 190 pp. Title page repaired where signature has been removed, heavy foxing throughout, margins thumbed, pencil markings in margins throughout, title page repaired where signature has been removed, paper aged and stained. Contemporary black morocco, covers with a double gilt panel with fleurons at the corners and centre of each side as well as in the central panel, gilt spine with six panels, marbled endpapers (corners worn, spine faded, gilt on covers somewhat faded, small hole in leather of rear cover). London: [n.p.], 1703

 Provenance: “Jos:F”, signature on the title; two other signatures heavily deleted leaving only the date 1762. At the end is a note “Finis P.H.K. 1824” (the initials crossed-out. Ink note of the death of Thomas Hanly on April 23rd 1846 and his burial in Bayswater Churchyard on April 30th signed by “J.H. Kelly July 23rd 1846”. Alfred White, Presbyter, with late 19th Century bookplate.  

The endleaves (1 at front, 2 at back) are mostly filled with notes in an 18th century hand. The notes at the front consist of two 12-line poems, the first of which focuses on the nature of images in Christianity: “Christs Picture humbly reverence thou, / Which by the same dost pass: / ...” The second regards the suffering of Christ: “See man what paines thy saviour sweet, / Hath suffered for thee. / …” A third passage at the front and on 2?-pages at the end have been directly taken from Laurence Vaux’s Catechisme of Christian Doctrine first printed in Rouen in 1583 and secretly reprinted in England in 1599.

Stock Code: 61784