A Forme of Common Prayer together with an order of Fasting: for the auerting of Gods heavy visitation vpon many places of this Kingdome.

London : by Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill, printers to the Kings most excellent Maiestie, Anno 1625.


ARTICLES agreed vpon by the archbishops and bishops of both prouinces, and the whole cleargie

London : Printed by Bonham Norton, and Iohn Bill, printers to the Kings most excellent Maiestie, M.DC.XXVIII. [1628]


[CONSTITUTIONS AND CANONS] Capitula sive constitvtiones ecclesiasticæ per Archiepiscopum, episcopos, & reliquum clerum Cantuariensis…

London, Excudebant deputati Christopheri Barker, Regiæ Maiestatis typographi, Anno Domini 1599.


ARTICLES 1584. Articuli per Archiepiscopum, Episcopos & reliquum clerum Cantuariensis prouinciæ in synodo inchoata Londini, vicesimo quarto die mensis Nouembris, anno Domini 1584.

London, in ædibus A[bel] I[effes], [1585?]


CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Aduertisements partely for due order in the publique administration of common prayers, and vsing the holy Sacraments: and partely for the apparell of all persons ecclesiasticall

London : at the three Cranes in the Vine-tree, by Thomas Dawson, 1584.


CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Iniunctions giuen by the Queenes Maiestie. Anno Dom. 1559. The first yeere of the raigne of our soueraign Lady Queene Elizabeth.

[London : Printed by assignment of Robert Barker, 1600]


CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Articles to be enquired of in the visitatio[n], in the first yeere of the raign of our most dread soueraign ladie Elizabeth

London, by the assignement of Robert Barker printer to the Queenes most excellent Maiestie. Cum priuilegio Regiæ Maiestatis, Anno Dom. 1600


CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Articles vvhereupon it was agreed by the archbishops and bishops of both prouinces, and the whole cleargie: in the conuocation holden at London in the yeere of our Lord God 1562.

London : by [R. Bradock for] Robert Barker, printer to the Kings most Excellent Maiestie, anno 1605.


4to. 8 works in one volume. 1) ff (lxii). A-O⁴. (without last blank) 2) pp. [ii], 6, [xxii]. (without first blank) 3) pp. [ii], 21, [i]. 4) ff. (iv) A4. 5) ff [viii] A-B⁴. 6) ff. [xvi] A-D⁴. 7) ff. (viii) A-B⁴. (without first blank) 8) ff [xii] A-C⁴. Mostly Black or Roman letter, some Italic. Titles of book 6 and 7 within four part woodcut borders, McKerrow & Ferguson 165, Woodcut printers device with royal arms on books 1 and 2 woodcut or typographical ornaments on all others, interesting half page manuscript bibliographical note in English and Latin after book 7, manuscript list or the works in the vol on pastedown. Light age yellowing, first title a little dusty with small marginal tear and soiled in lower outer corner. Very good copies, crisp and clean in contemporary limp vellum , remains of ties, spine a little soiled, edges of alternate vols in red.

A most interesting sammelband of works concerning the Church of England from the important collection of Joseph Mendham. They form a snap shot of the concerns of the Anglican Church at one of the most critical moments in its history, dating from the middle of the reign of Elisabeth I to the very beginning of Charles I’s reign, the period that did most to establish the Anglican Church. The first work is an adaptation of STC 16505, which was an important part of the shift in post-Reformation worship introducing changes to the daily Book of Common Prayer, with special forms of prayer to be said on particular days of the week addressing the concerns of the kingdom as a whole, with a particular emphasis on fast days. “Fasting, after all, was a traditional Protestant response to threats to the Reformation. It had become popular under Elizabeth as England defined herself as a reformed nation. It had become a propaganda tool in the 1620’s as the English battled the Catholic Spanish and French, and again in the 1640s as parliamentarian forces mobilised against what they thought was a popishly affected court. (See ‘a Forme of common prayer’ etc)” Esther Mijers, David Onnekink. ‘Redefining William III’ . The sixth book is also particularly interesting as it contains the first “injunction given to the Stationer’s Comapany in 1559 ‘because there is grete abuse in the printers of bokes’ According to this ruling, every book had to be reviewed and licensed by the archbishop of Canterbury, the archbishop of York or the bishop of London. This injunction also gave the Stationers Company the responsibility – and authority – to inspect and control all print shops. Throughout her reign, Elizabeth found it necessary to reiterate rules of censorship and to impose restrictions on printers. Nonetheless enforcement was uneven. Although there are records of printers being fined for printing without license, many books continued to be produced without them, registered at the stationers company, but not licensed by one of the required authorities. .. When a book, printer or author offended the crown or annoyed others in power, however, these laws of censorship were enforce rigorously.” Valerie R. Hotchkiss ‘English in Print from Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton’. The works together cover the whole gamut of contemporary concerns within the Anglican church from Vestments to the administration of prayer, excommunication, baptism, the authority of the Church etc. etc. From the extraordinary library of controversial theology belonging to Joseph Mendham.

1) STC 16540. ESTC S123426.

2) STC 10051. ESTC S101129.

3) ESTC S107427. STC 10066.5.

4) ESTC S121269. (US Folger and Huntington only) STC 4584.

5) ESTC S122929. STC 10032.5.

6) ESTC S121266 STC 10110.

7) ESTC S121267. STC 10133.

8) ESTC S847. (US California State and St Marks libraries only) STC 10047.3.


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