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Taylor, Jeremy.  The rule and exercises of holy dying. London: William Pickering, 1847. 8vo (22.7 cm, 8.875"). xxiv, [6], 327, [1] pp.
$225.00

Admired by all denominations, this enormously popular manual of Christian practice originally published in 1651 provided "means and instruments" for preparing and achieving a blessed death. A follow-up to The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, published in 1650, it is considered the => artistic climax of the death literature tradition that began in the 15th century. This is the second reissue of the 1840 edition from Pickering, printed with the title and publisher's device in red and black.
        Jeremy Taylor (1613–67), known for his magnificent prose, was a High Church divine and chaplain to Charles I; he was well known as a theologian and one of the school of Caroline Divines who brilliantly systematized Anglican theology in the 17th century. His support of the Royalist cause and episcopacy resulted in several brief imprisonments.
        Binding: Full navy morocco with gilt lettering, fleurons within compartments, and five raised bands to spine; boards framed by simple gilt double-rule border with corner fleurons. Turn-ins decorated with simple gilt double-rule border, French combed marbled endpapers, all edges gilt over red. => Signed by Riviere.
        Provenance: Tipped-in at front on its own leaf is => the large oval armorial bookplate of Joseph Walter King Eyton, hand-colored; uncolored, plainer armorial bookplates of two smaller sizes follow on their own leaves. Front fly-leaf with inked signature of Helen Strong Hoyt, a remarkable figure who both studied and taught English literature at Bryn Mawr College.

Kelly, Checklist of Books Published by William Pickering, 1847.15; Keynes, William Pickering (rev. ed.), p. 91; Pickering & Chatto, William Pickering (catalogue 708), 256. Bound as above, rubbed with bumping to corners and fore-edges; boards lightly soiled and scraped. Front fly-leaves (only) lightly foxed, minor creasing to corner of p. 95 (probably in the press). => An attractive and sturdy copy, with interesting provenance.  (37996)   Please RESHELVE This.


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