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  • The Grounds and Occasions of the Contempt of the Clergy and Religion enquired into. In a Letter written to R. L. by [EACHARD, John.] [EACHARD, John.] ~ The Grounds and Occasions of the Contempt of the Clergy and Religion enquired into. In a Letter written to R. L. London: by W. Godbid for N. Brooke, 1670.
    First edition. ‘This work, which brims over with wit and humour, had a rapid sale, and passed through many editions. The author represents the contempt… (more)

    First edition. ‘This work, which brims over with wit and humour, had a rapid sale, and passed through many editions. The author represents the contempt with which the clergy were generally regarded as being in great measure due to a wrong method of education or the poverty of some of the inferior clergy’ (DNB).
    ‘This dealt with two serious concerns of [Eachard’s], education and emoluments, in the witty style between jest and earnest that delighted contemporary readers. As Anthony Wood observed in 1672, “People [are] taken with fooleries, playes, poems, buffooning and drolling books; Ihhards ‘Contempt of the clergy’, Marvill’s ‘Rehearsall Transprosed’, Butler’s ‘Hudibras’”.... The outlandish similes and perverse deductions, supposedly quoted from sermons, are especially memorable, and the controlled modulation of tone throughout the tract anticipates the manner of Swift’ (Oxford DNB).
    Eachard was Master of Catherine Hall, Cambridge and later Vice-Chancellor of the University. He was something of a learned wag and here forestalled the likely assumptions of the reader in a good-humoured preface: ‘I can very easily phansie, that many upon the very first sight of the Title, will presently imagin, that the Author does either want the great Tithes, lying under the pressure of some pitiful Vicaridge; or that he is much out of humour, and dissatisfied with the present condition of Affairs; or lastly, that he writes to no purpose at all, there having been an abundance of unprofitable Advisers in this kind.’ Wing E50.

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  • biography of a Calvinist hero - ‘un des plus recherché de la collection elzevirienne’
    La vie de Messire Gaspar de Colligny Seigneur de Chastillon, Admiral de France. A laquelle sont adiousté se Memoires sur ce qui se passa au Siege de S. Quentin. by [HOTMAN, François.] [HOTMAN, François.] ~ La vie de Messire Gaspar de Colligny Seigneur de Chastillon, Admiral de France. A laquelle sont adiousté se Memoires sur ce qui se passa au Siege de S. Quentin. Leyden: Bonaventure & Abraham Elzevir, 1643.
    First Elzevir edition of this biography of the French protestant hero Gaspard de Coligny.

    Coligny had been appointed Admiral of France in 1552 and was… (more)

    First Elzevir edition of this biography of the French protestant hero Gaspard de Coligny.

    Coligny had been appointed Admiral of France in 1552 and was captured at the siege of St Quentin in 1557. In the two years of his captivity he became a convinced Calvinist and went on to lead the French Huguenots in the religious wars against Catholic dominance in France. He was implicated in the murder of Francis, Duke of Guise in February 1563, an event which was to lead ultimately to the Massacre of St Bartholomew in 1572, in which Coligny himself was killed under the direct supervision of the Duke’s son, Henry.

    Coligny’s life became an inspiration to Protestants throughout Europe. It was first printed in Latin in 1575 and had previously appeared in French earlier the same year, in a quarto edtion. Willems 564 ‘ce petit volume, parfaitement exécuté, est un des plus recherché de la collection elzevirienne.’

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