Title: Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae. Priorum editionum collatione castigatior.
Publication: Cantabrigiae [Cambridge]: Excudebat Joannes Hayes, 1683.
Description: 12mo., pp. [vi] 182 [iv], including two leaves of advertisements at rear. The occasional minor spot, some marginal pencil notes. Contemporary blind-panelled calf, spine in four compartments with raised bands between blind rules, edges red. Slightly rubbed, one cornertip worn, paste-downs a little tattered at edges and lifted, but judging by the location of the inscription they have been so for quite some time. Very good overall. Armorial Chippendale-style bookplate of Henry Usticke inside front board. Early ink purchase note to rear of (lifted) pastedown: "me suis addidit Carolus Grale quarto dii Julii, Annoq. Dom. 1684, p'tium--01--06". To title-page, inscription of Henry Usticke dated 1750, and an inscription of John Warren, undated but in an old hand (perhaps the ejected Shropshire minister (1621–1696) whose extensive correspondence with Richard Baxter on English Puritanism is preserved in volume XIV of Baxter's manuscript treatises in Dr Williams's Library.) Henry Usticke (1720-1769) was vicar at Breage in Cornwall. He was married to Mary Borlase (the arms of the bookplate here show Borlase quartering Pendarves, as well as Usticke), daughter of the historian and mayor of Penzance Walter Borlase (1694-1776) and niece of the celebrated Cornish antiquary and naturalist William Borlase (1696-1772). Usticke appears to have assisted his father-in-law in some researches into the language of Cornwall: some of Borlase's manuscripts now preserved in the British Library are in Usticke's hand.
John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, composed this important defence of the new Anglican Church in response to rumours on the continent about the departure from Roman Catholicism. It was frequently reprinted in London after the first edition of 1562, but this is the first Cambridge printing.
Bibliography: ESTC R1989.
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