Expositio epistolæ D. Pauli ad ColossensesCambridge, Apud Thomam Buck, celeberrimæ Academiæ typographum, 1639
Folio. [viii], 415, [xvii]. [par.] A-3H . Roman letter some Italic, text within box rule. Title with small woodcut printer’s device, within typographical border, grotesque woodcut initials and head and tailpieces, typographical ornaments, armorial bookplate of The Right Honourable Washington Sewallis Earl Ferrers, on pastedown, Robert S. Pirie’s on fly, with his acquisition note in pencil above. Very light age yellowing, minor scattered tiny worm holes at blank gutter of a few quires, not affecting text, t-p foredge a bit browned. A fine copy, fresh, crisp and clean in contemporary calf, covers bordered with a double blind rule, large gilt arms of Sir Robert Shirley 4th Baronet on covers, spine with blind ruled raised bands, six compartments, green paper label with manuscript title, later gilt red morocco shelf mark in upper compartment, a.e.r. small crack in upper joint.
A finely bound copy of the third edition of Davenant’s most important and influential theological work from the library of Sir Robert Shirley, with his striking armorial device, with a Sarencens head, gilt on both covers. All the bindings in the Toronto Library database of British armorial devices, identified with the Arms of Robert Shirley, also have same armorial bookplate of The Right Honourable Washington Sewallis Earl Ferrers, (Sir Robert Shirley’s son was created 1st Earl Ferrers in 1711.)
John Davenant (London, 20 May 1572 – Salisbury, 20 April 1641) was an English academic and bishop of Salisbury from 1621. He also served as one of the British delegates to the Synod of Dort. He was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, elected a fellow there in 1597, and was its President from 1614 to 1621. From 1609 onward, he served as the Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity, from which he was called away by James I to represent the Church of England at the Synod of Dort in 1618, along with Samuel Ward, Joseph Hall and George Carleton. John Davenant’s ‘An Exposition of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossian’, expounds on the first two chapters of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Originally delivered in Cambridge at his commencement to the post of Theology Professor, Davenant provides exegetical and homiletical notes on each section of Colossians.
“Despite Davenant’s important role at Dort he seems to have sympathised in part with the French theologian Moses Amyruat (1564 – 1664). Amyraut had proposed that in the scheme of Redemption the decree of divine election came subsequent to the decree to provide an atonement. This order moves away from the Calvinistic position, making the atonement (at least hypothetically) universal in nature but, through divine election, particular in application. The followers of Amyraut became known as Amyraldians. While Davenant’s position on Amyraldianism gives rise to scholarly debate to this day, his great contribution to the putting forth of Calvinistic doctrine generally is without doubt.” John and Angela Magee, ‘The Theology of John Davenant.’