The Great Exemplar of Sanctity and Holy Life
TAYLOR Jeremy, later Bishop of Down & Connor (1649)
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according to the christian Institution. Described In the History of the Life and Death of the ever Blessed Jesus christ the Saviour of the World. With considerations and Discourses upon the several Parts of the Story, and Prayers fitted to the several Mysteries.Engraved vignette on the title, which is printed in red and black.First Edition. Three parts in one volume. 4to. , 166, blank, , 168, , 182, blank,  pp. Contemporary calf (worn but sound, remains of a later goatskin label at the head of the spine).London: by R. N. for Francis Ash,
Wing T.342. Gathorne-Hardy and Williams, Jeremy Taylor, no.9A. The general title-page is in the fifth state. Each of the three parts has a separate title-page. Lightly damp-stained at the head.This is the book which "made Taylor's reputation". At the time Taylor, who had been a chaplain to Archbishop Laud and to Charles I, was teaching at a school in Carmarthenshire and living at Golden Grove, the seat of Richard Vaughan, 2nd. Earl of Carbery (part 3 is dedicated to Lady Carbery), where he had the leisure to do his finest writing. Francis Ash was a curious choice as publisher. He had been a bookseller for over 21 years, with a shop in Worcester, but apparently no place in London, and he had never undertaken the publication of books before. He went on to publish Taylor's Holy Living and Holy Dying. Clement Barksdale's Nympha Libethris, 1651, contains a poem address to Ash (' To F.A., Stationer'), praising him for the excellence of his binding: 'None can compare to you, so finely well / You bind, that your books for the out-side sell.'
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