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A Little Handful of Cordial Comforts

STANDFAST (Richard).

STANDFAST (Richard).

A Little Handful of Cordial Comforts, Scattered thorowout several Answers, to Sixteen Questions, and Objections following. Intended chiefly for the good of those that walk mournfully before God; And are worthy to be gathered up, and regarded, of all such as wish well to their own Peace. The Fourth Edition.

12mo. [144 x 80 x 20 mm]. [1]f, 70, 73-83, [1]. Bound in contemporary calf (rebacked, corners and edges of the boards repaired).
London: printed by T. Mabb, and are to be sold by Edward Thomas, at the Adam and Eve, in little Brittain, 1665.

Wing S.5210.

The text and register are continuous despite the pagination. The Imprimatur, dated 1664, is on the final page.

Although this is the Fourth Edition, no copies are known of the First or Second Editions and there is only one copy of the 1657 Third Edition, at the Beinecke Library at Yale. This 1665 edition is itself rare with only six copies in ESTC, at the British Library, Harvard, Huntington, University of California Davis Library, University of California W.A. Clark Memorial Library and the Beinecke. There was a Fifth Edition, with additions, in 1684 (British Library, Bristol Central Library, Folger and Yale Sterling Library) and a Sixth Edition published in Bristol in 1764, "by Mr Standfast Smith, Apotheoary, Great Grandson of the Author" (British Library and Yale Seeley G. Mudd Library).

Bound with:

STANDFAST (Richard).
A Caveat Against Seducers: As it was Preached by Richard Standfast Master of Arts, and Rector of Christ-Church in Bristol. Whereunto are Annexed The Blind Mans Meditations. By the same Author.

Second Edition. 12mo. 72, 75-96, [2] pp.
London: printed by Tho. Mabb, for Edward Thomas, at the Adam and Eve in Little Brittain, 1664.

Wing S.5205.

The Imprimatur is printed on the verso of the title, and not on an initial leaf as noted in ESTC. With the final leaf "A Meditation on Psalm the CXIX. Verse the 71". Pp.73-74 were missed in pagination, but this copy is lacking pp.31-34. There is an early ink inscription on the front pastedown by Peter Pickup: "This book has lost two leaves in the later part following the 30 page but yet it is of very great value particularly for the first part". The second part is also rare with only six copies in ESTC (British Library, Harvard, Huntington, University of California Davis, University of California Clark and Beinecke).

There was one earlier edition, London 1660 (British Library, Cambridge, Peterborough Cathedral Library, Huntington and Beinecke) and a further edition in 1711 (British Library, Aberdeen University and Bodleian). The two works were also published together in 1665 (Wing S.5213A, Harvard and Clark, noted as imperfect) and 1684 (Wing S.5214, British Library, New York Public Library, Library of Congress, Clark, University of Illinois and Yale Sterling Library).

The final 21pp are headed "The Blind Mans Meditations" and consist of verses. Standfast was himself blind.

Ownership inscriptions of Peter Pickup of Union House, Rossindale, and his granddaughter Jenny Pickup dated 1883.

Stock no. ebc3869

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