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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Instructions and Devotions for the Afflicted and Sick.

[GOTHER (John)].

[GOTHER (John)].

Instructions and Devotions for the Afflicted and Sick, with some Help for Prisoners, Such especially as are to be Tried for Life.

Second Edition. 12mo. [134 x 82 x 21 mm]. [2]ff, 274pp. Contemporary binding of sprinkled sheep, the covers with a blind double fillet border, the spine divided into five panels with raised bands, lettered in manuscript in the second panel on a paper label over a red stained background, plain endleaves and edges. (Joints cracked, corners bumped).
[London] Printed in the Year 1705.

A little spotting and light browning, but a very good copy. with an ink inscription on the front fly-leaf "The Infirmary".

ESTC records only two copies of the first edition of 1697, at the British Library and Folger. There are also only two copies of this second edition, at the British Library and Downside Abbey. There is only one copy of the 1712 edition, at the University of Illinois; 11 copies of the 1725 edition, three of them at Aberdeen University, British Library, Downside Abbey, Heythrop College, Oxford, University College, Cornell University, Perkins School of Theology, St. Louis University; two copies of the 1730 Dublin edition, at the British Library and Oxford; and two of the 1756 London edition, at the British Library and London Oratory. The "Prayers in particular Occasions" include "In time of Thunder, Lightening, Storms" (p.85). Pp.242-274 concerns "Instructions and Devotions For Prisoners, especially those who are condemn'd to die". Gother warns: "First, in avoiding, as much as may be, the common Contagion of Prisons, that is, ill Company, by which many, who have gone in Innocent, have come out Corrupt and Vicious"..... "Secondly, in avoiding that too general Practice of Intemperance, which has many Time the Authority of Men of Principles to recommend it. The Spirit in Confinement is desirous of Relief against all manner of Dejection, which for want of Employment or Diversion, is there too apt to seize it. Society is the obvious Remedy that presents itself, and wretched Custom persuading Men there's no maintaining this without drinking; hence this is usher'd in under the Cover of Necessity, or Convenience, and one Evil is made the Remedy of another"...... "Thus by Degrees the Life of a Prison becomes a Life of continual Dissipation, of Intemperance, and of very unbecoming Entertainments.... ". There follows a series of prayers, invocations and instructions for those condemned to death, ending at the place of execution and the final words: "O God, be merciful to me a Sinner; O God, be merciful to me a Sinner; Lord Jesus, into thy Hands I commit my Spirit; Lord Jesus, receive my Soul". Finis.

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