CALVIN, Jean. Foure Sermons of Maister Iohn Calvin, Entreating of Matters Very Pofitable for our Time, as may bee seene by the Preface. 

London, for Thomas Man, 1579. 

ANDERSON, Anthony. The Shield of our Safetie

London, by H. Iackson in Fleetestreate, 1581.


FIRST EDITION Thus, and FIRST EDITION. Two vols in one. 4to. 1) ff. [vi], 59, [i]. [fist]⁴, 3*², A-G⁸, H⁴ [last blank] 2) 168 unnumbered leaves. A-X⁴. 1) Roman and Italic letter. Title within line ruled typographic border, woodcut initials, historiated and floriated woodcut initials. 2) Black letter, some Roman and Italic. First leaf blank with but for signature. Title within typographic border, white on black criblée initial, typographical ornaments, “Tho. Haughton” in early hand on pastedown, “James Riddocks book 1732” on fly, “Isaac Hadley Broddell 1794” at foot of t-p, bookplate of the Fox Pointe Collection on rear pastedown. Light age yellowing, a little very minor waterstaining on first few leaves, the rare marginal mark. Fine, large margined copies, crisp and clean, entirely unsophisticated, stab bound in original limp vellum, vellum a little creased and soiled. 

First editions of these two very rare Puritan works; fine large copies in their original binding. In 1579, the Elizabethan Puritan, John Fielde, produced an unabridged text based on the original French, Foure Sermons of Maister Iohn Calvin, Entreating of Matters Very Profitable for our Time, with a Briefe Exposition of the LXXXVII. Psalme. A unifying theme nevertheless emerges from this apparently disparate collection of texts: the need for an open and sincere profession of faith, made wherever possible within a church where the gospel is purely preached, the sacraments properly administered, and God duly honoured in prayer. Central to Calvin’s thought – central, indeed, to the thought of all the major Reformers – is the idea that Christian belief is more than inner acquiescence. It expresses itself audibly in words and visibly in deeds, such that the covert or private practice of one’s faith, the claim that God requires no more than ‘worship in spirit’, is seen to compromise faith itself and to comfort faith’s enemies. Nor can faith exist in isolation. In order to grow, it must be fed by the ministrations of Christ’s church, which consistently figures in these sermons not as a temporary refuge from a hostile world, but as God’s choice instrument of salvation, an outpost of heaven. .. The note of urgency which pervades much of the Four Sermons reflects the troubled conditions of the time. .. Calvin betrays little optimism as to the course of future events in Europe.” Robert White “The translator’s ‘Introduction’ to Faith Unfeigned – Four Sermons concerning Matters Most Useful for the Present Time with A Brief Exposition of Psalm 87 by John Calvin.”

“Anthony Anderson, (d. 1593), theological writer and preacher, was, according to Tanner, a native of Lancashire, and was for many years rector of Medbourne, in Leicestershire. .. His published works, which are of a puritanic character, consist of sermons, prayers, and expositions of scriptural passages.” DNB. “Pilkington did not address the question of ghosts at any length in his writings. But some ministers who went into print on the issue clearly did so in response to actual sightings or reports among their parishioners. In a 1581 treatise on the Nunc Dimitis the puritan minister Anthony Anderson included a long discursus ‘beating down to death this error  .. that the soules of the dead depart not so from us, but that after buryall they walke in the earth, and appeare unto men’. His motive for doing so was that even as he composed the work ‘amost slandersous report is raysed of an honest and vertuous minister departed from this lyfe, that hys soule nowe walketh at this daye in his parsonage house’.” Peter Marshall.  Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England

1) ESTC S107288. STC 4439. Lowndes I 352 (1561 edn. only) 2) ESTC S100137. STC 572. Not in Lowndes.


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