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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Saul and Samuel at Endor.

BREVINT (Daniel).

BREVINT (Daniel).

Saul and Samuel at Endor, or the New Waies of Salvation and Service, Which usually tempt Men to Rome, and detain them there. Truly Represented, and Refuted. As also A Brief Account of R. F. his Missale Vindicatum, or Vindication of the Roman Mass. By the same Author.

Engraved frontispiece.

First edition. 8vo. [198 x 130 x 37 mm]. [8]ff, 413, [1], [2]blank pp. Bound in contemporary stained calf, the covers with a blind double fillet border and a blind double fillet running parallel to the spine. The spine divided into six panels with raised bands, the second panel with a manuscript paper label, plain endleaves, red sprinkled edges. (A little rubbed).
Oxford: At the Theatre, 1674.

Wing B.4423. The issue without Leak's name in the imprint. With the initial imprimatur leaf and final blank. A very good copy.

With the bookplate of Viscount Palmerston, superimposed with an engraved label lettered "East Sheen". Temple Grove estate in East Sheen, Surrey, was sold by Sir Rushout Cullen to Sir John Temple, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons soon after 1677. In 1723 his son, Henry Temple (c.1673-1757) was created 1st Viscount Palmerston. Pinterest offers an image of the same bookplate with a label lettered "Hanover Square" and attributes it to Henry Temple, 2nd Viscount Temple (1739-1802). He died at his home in Hanover Square, and his son Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784-1865) sold the East Sheen estate soon after coming of age in 1805. He found fame and increased his fortune as Foreign Secretary and served twice as Prime Minster. The books remained in the family and a portion were sold by Alick Fletcher of Guildford in his catalogue 71 (c.1960).

A sharp invective against the special attractions which lure men to the Roman church, such as the worship of the Virgin, Indulgences and Pardons, the miraculous powers of relics, and the legends of saints. These are ridiculed, and compared to the enchantments of the Witch of Endor (I Sam. xxviii), who brought up Samuel to speak with Saul. The engraved frontispiece depicts Saul, the Witch, Samuel, and behind him the Pope, represented as a goat with horns. The volume also includes a criticism of Robert Fuller's Missale Romanum Vindicatum (1674).

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