DONNE, John; COOKE, Alexander; DE DOMINIS, Marco Antonio; CONSTABLE, Henry

DONNE, John; COOKE, Alexander; DE DOMINIS, Marco Antonio; CONSTABLE, Henry (1) A sermon vpon the XV. verse of the XX. chapter of the booke of Iudges; (2) More vvorke for a Masse-priest; (3) A manifestation of the motives, whereupon the most Reuerend Father, Marcus Antonius de Dominis, ... vndertooke his departure ...; (4)The Catholike Moderator...

London, (1) William Stansby for Thomas Iones, 1622; (2) William Iones, 1621; (3) [Robert Barker] for John Bill, 1616; (4) [by Edward Allde] for Nathaniel Butter, 1622


FIRST EDITION. First issue. Four works in one. 4to. 1) pp. [viii], 68. A-I K². 2) pp. [iv], 56, 5, [iii], 5, [ixx]. A-G H² I-M . 3) pp [iv], 74, [ii]. A² B-K L². [Without A1+2] 4) pp. [xvi], 26, 25-68. pi¹ [par.] A-I K². Roman letter, some Italic. First title within rules, double at sides, text within box rule, woodcut printer’s device on second title, woodcut initials and headpieces, initial blank A1 in first vol, and blank but for woodcut signature in second, bookplate of Robert S Pirie on fly. Light age yellowing, blank outer margin of title-page and first few leaves torn, small worm trail at gutter of first volume, rare thumb mark. Very good copies, crisp and clean with good margins, in entirely unsophisticated contemporary vellum, rebacked in vellum at an early date, wormholes to spine, right edge of front cover chipped, remains of ties.

A most interesting sammelband of four works including the very rare first edition, first issue of John Donne’s first printed sermon, the other three works of Catholic controversy. “Donne had taken orders at the instigation of King James on 23 January 1614/15; he was appointed Dean of St. Paul’s in November, 1621, and in that capacity became one of the most celebrated preachers of his time. The earliest of his sermons that has survived with a date was preached on 30th April 1615; and his ;last sermon was preached before King Charles on 25 February 1630, and was soon afterwards printed under the title of Death’s Duell. Six of Donne’s sermons were printed during his lifetime between 1622 and 1627” Keynes “In 1621, doubts voiced by divines over the Spanish Match and the King’s power, prompted James to write his ‘Directions to Preachers’, in which he warns that the higher mysteries of state affairs, especially the monarchy, were not to be mentioned in the pulpit. Dr. Donne was called upon to clarify the King’s intentions in a sermon of 1622: “for the second part, the Application of the Text [Judges 5:20], it wil be warrant enough, that I have spoken as his Majestie intended” .. Donne claims that the King’s ‘Directions’ were the result of “a representation of some inconveniences by disorderly preaching” .., and meant to return the Church to old, grave and learned methods of useful and edifying preaching and teaching. As for the King’s toleration of Roman Catholicism and Puritanism, “he doth constantly professe himselfe an open adversary to the superstition of the Papist … and to the madnesse of the Anabaptist”. .. Discreet and elegant, Donne fulfils his duty, remembering, perhaps, that “he that gives to the King, shall have a Kings reward”” Sandra Bell. ‘Perspectives on King James I’s influence of the literature of his reign.’ “When it came to explaining ‘the Directions to a large audience at Paul’s Cross, however, the preacher to whom James turned was John Donne. This commissioned sermon, given in September 1622, was surely one of the most difficult Donne ever had to preach, but it satisfied the King who reviewed it in manuscript and ordered it printed.” The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Early Modern England.

The Second work is a work by the Archbishop De Dominis who had fled Venice for England and had purportedly converted to Anglicanism. This is a translation of his work explaining the motives for his apostasy, effectively a denunciation of the Catholic church. “This apostasy of the archbishop, with his explanations was immediately attacked by two English Jesuits, John Floyd and John Sweet. In it the author expresses warm support for Roger Widdrington, in his defence of the Oath of Allegiance and his opposition to ‘the Popes temporall encrochments’” Milward. The fourth work is an important translation by Henry Constable, the British Catholic poet, of a French Catholic work appealing for the toleration of the Huguenots. A very interesting sammelband with Donne’s very rare first sermon.

STC 7053; ESTC S122024; Grolier/Donne 46 (this copy). Keynes, 12. Not in Pforzheimer. 2) ESTC S122024 STC 6998. Milward 619 3) ESTC S108631 STC 5663 Milward 698. 4) ESTC S109405 STC 6380. Milward 695
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