Principiorum fidei doctrinalium demonstratio methodica, per controversas septem in libris duodecim tradita.

STAPLETON Thomas (1579.)


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Folio [16]ff, 513pp. [13]ff.(last leaf blank), large woodcut printer's device on title-page, two ornamental woodcut head-pieces and numerous ornamental woodcut initials, contemporary blind-panelled calf over wooden boards, filled with roll-tools of small medallion heads and foliage, roll-tooled border of stamps of biblical scenes, one dated 1559, (Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, Abraham and Isaac, Crucifixion and Resurrection), outer border of interlocking thick curved stems, 19th century morocco label pasted onto spine, slight damage at top and bottom of spine, lacking clasps, slightly stained at beginning and with a few insignificant worm holes

Paris: M. Sonnius

A handsome copy of this work by the Wykehamist catholic apologist a a re-issue of the same printer's edition of 1578.

The title makes it quite clear that this work is an appendix to Stapleton's Relectio , and as such it is commonly found (cf.Allison & Rogers, The Contemporary Printed Literature of the English Counter-Reformation between 1558 and 1640. Vol. I, no. 1454). However some copies seem to have been issued separately, and this, acquired 1603, is clearly one such. The work by Whitaker to which it is a reply was published in Cambridge in 1594 (STC 25363).Provenance:1. Autograph inscription of Albert Viggelius (probably Weigel or Vigelius) of Westenhausen, Neckarsulm 1603 ('M. Albert Viggelij Westhausani... Nicrosulmae M.D.C.III.) with Latin mottoes from Seneca, etc., all written in a very neat hand. Westhausen (Ostalbkreis) and Neckarsulm, are both in Baden-Württemberg, and not too far from Schönthal. 2. Ownership inscription, "Monasterii Schonthal", on title-page (Schönthal Priory, an Augustinian monastery at Schönthal, Bavaria, secularised 1802, whence the book probably passed into some public library. 3. Unidentified seventeenth (eighteenth?)-century ink stamp to the title-page with initials "B[ibliotheca] V T" and crossed batons surmounted by fleurs-de-lis. 4. Auction lot number(?) 2357 on front fly-leaf (sold as a duplicate, 'dubl[ett] written on front pastedown; 5. Joseph Gillow (1850-1921), the Catholic bibliographer

Shaaber 312; Allison & Rogers

Stock Code: 45218

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