Jesus, Maria, Joseph, or, the devout pilgrim of the ever blessed Virgin Mary,

CROWTHER Anselm (1657)

£550.00  [First Edition]

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in his Holy Exercises, Affections, and Elevations. Upon the sacred Mysteries of Jesus, Maria, Joseph. Published for the benefit of the pious Rosarists, by A.C. and T.V. Religious Monks of the holy Order of S. Bennet.

First Edition. 12mo. [Text: 145 x 75 mm]. [72], 648, [20] pp. Lacks the engraved frontispiece by A. Voet. Top corner of leaf F1 torn away with slight loss to the first two lines), short vertical split in the inner margin of Ff5. Original publisher’s binding of calf, the covers with an oval gilt block [50 x 41 mm] containing a vase of flowers entwined with a banner reading “IESVS MARIA IOSEPH”, a small gilt acorn tool in the corners; smooth spine divided into panels by two-line gilt fillets (heavily worn, the surface of the leather on the covers grazed and partly rubbed-away, spine rubbed and with a long vertical split; a few sections sprung from the sewing).

Amsterdam: Anno D. 1657

Wing C7410. Clancy 285 (under Crowther-Sadler). ESTC/Clancy list Aberdeen UL, Bodley, British Library, Douai Abbey, Downside Abbey, London Oratory, Oscott, Selwyn College Cambridge, Stonyhurst College, Ushaw College, Ware; W. A. Clark Library, Folger, Texas UL, Yale UL. Worldcat adds Emory UL and National Library of Australia.

The 1663 edition is half the length, totally re-arranged, largely rewritten, and has a dedication to Queen
Catherine of Braganza.

Arthur (in religion Anselm) Crowder or Crowther (1588/9-1666) “had great devotion to the Virgin Mary and set up a society to promote this devotion among Catholics, probably during the Commonwealth. He ‘erected the Chapel of the Rosary in London, having obtained letters patent to that end from Baptista Marina, general of the Dominicans and a privilege for his altar of Our Blessed Lady of Power from Pope Innocent X. In this chapel the relic of the holy thorn which had formerly been kept in the abbey of Glastonbury was deposited, as also a curious piece of the holy Cross which the renowned Feckenham, Abbot of Westminster, who being Clerk of the Chapel to Queen Mary, had taken from the Royal Chapel on the accession of Queen Elizabeth. Many of the nobility and gentry joined this sodality of the Rosary of which Robert Earl of Cardigan, was Prefect’. (Allanson, Biography of the English Benedictines, 1999).” (ODNB). Thomas Sadler, in religion Vincent Faustus (1604-81), a Benedictine monk, was dean of the Confraternity which met at Cardigan House in Lincoln's Inn Fields and may have survived until the Popish Plot of 1679.

The gilt vase of flowers ornament on the binding is referred to in the dedication to the Prefect of the Confraternity of the Rosary [Robert Brudenell, 2nd Earl of Cardigan] (b2r): “Though this little Book, which carries on its Front, the lovely Names of JESUS, MARIA, JOSEPH, can want no forreign recommendation, whereby to invite all faithfull Christians, and especially the devout Rosarists to receive and embrace it, and that the excellencie, sublimitie, and utilitie of the subject, is to it self, a sufficient safeguard, and protection.” This is certainly a reference to the binding and not the missing frontispiece as that does not bear the three names. In our experience a direct reference in the text to the binding, is most unusual if not unique at this time. The Folger copy is described as being in an identical binding as, presumably are others.


Provenance: Old signature “Jn: Glaspole” on the title and “Mary Tychborn” on the pastedown. The Tichborne family, of Tichborne in Hampshire, were a prominent Recusant family. Late 19th-Century armorial bookplate of Alfred White, Presbyter.


Stock Code: 60978

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