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TAYLOR, Jeremy (1613--1667)
Antiquitates christianæ: or, the history of the life and death of the holy Jesus: as also the lives, acts and martydoms of His apostles. In two parts. The first part, containing the life of Christ, written by Jer. Taylor, late Lord Bishop of Down and Connor. The second, containing the lives of the apostles, with an enumeration, and some brief remarks upon their first successours in the five great apostolical churches, by William Cave, D.D. Chaplain in Ordinary to his Majesty. By whom is also added an apparatus, or discourse introductory to the whole work, concerning the three great dispensations of the church, patriarchal, Mosaical, and evangelical. The seventh edition.
London: printed by J. Macock, and M. Flesher, for R. Royston, bookseller to His most sacred Majesty, 1684.
[8], LI, [11], XXVI, vii, [3], 432, [12]; [8], xiv, [XIII], 188 p., engr. frontis., add. engr. t.-pl., [22] engr. pl. (5 ports.) : engr. illus. ; 36.2 cm. (2º)

Jeremy Taylor's life of Christ, The great exemplar of sanctity or holy life, was first published in 1649, and William Cave's Antiquitates apostolicae, or the history of the lives, acts and martyrdoms of the Holy Apostles was first published as a continuation of Taylor's work in 1675. The two works were then to be printed together until 1742 with Cave's dedication, preface and introductions. With an engraved frontispiece of the Annunciation and an additional engraved title-plate showing the Madonna and Child, the Four Evangelists, the Signs of the Passion and Christ in Majesty in compartments, both by William Faithorne. The plates include an engraved portrait of Taylor by Peter Lombart and portraits of the Apostles, a double-page plate of the Massacre of the Innocents, and 62 small scenes from the Life of Christ in the text (one signed by Robert Vaughan and two etched by Wenceslaus Hollar) in the first part;and a double-page engraved plate of the 'Goodly Cedar of Apostolick & Catholick Episcopacy' and 30 small engraved and etched illustrations of saints and their martyrdoms in the text (fourteen etched by Hollar). See R. Pennington, A descriptive catalogue of the etched work of Wenceslaus Hollar 1607--1677 (Cambridge 2002), nos. 141B&C, 142--155. With an errata slip pasted on at the end. ESTC r217592.

Copy Notes Page 431--2 is bound in the wrong way round, and the plate of the 'Goodly Cedar of Apostolick & Catholick Episcopacy' misbound in the first part. Inscribed in ink on the recto of the frontispiece Geo: Keneston / his Booke anno / 1698 / and in another hand(?) 1750 and Novemr [scored through].

Binding C18th tree sheep, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 3868


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