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Stillingfleet, Edward.  A rational account of the grounds of Protestant religion: being a vindication of the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury's Relation of a conference, &c. from the pretended answer by T.C. London: printed for H. Mortlock at the sign of the Phoenix in St. Paul's Church-yard, and the White-Hart in Westminster-Hall, 1681. Folio (32.1 cm; 12.75"). [22], 608 pp. (lacks the licence leaf).
$275.00

The Bishop of Worcester's defense of Protestantism, here in the second edition after the first of 1665. Stillingfleet (1635–99), a prolific writer and respected preacher, flips previously published criticisms against his church to highlight the many problems present in the Catholic church, from the concept of church infallibility to popery to purgatory.
        Evidence of Readership: Some twenty pages with pencilled marks in margins noting interesting passages.
        Provenance: "Ex Libris Joannis Grave Rolii Nemau[lisi?]" minutely in ink, with rubber-stamps of Ambrose Swasey Library (properly released) on title-page.

ESTC R10821; Wing (rev. ed.) S5625. Modern marbled paper–covered boards with gilt red leather spine labels and new endpapers, all edges marbled. Provenance and ex-library marks as above, light to moderate age-toning, occasional spotting, and variable waterstaining along edges and sometimes into gutters throughout (not reaching text); license leaf lacking, one repaired or shortly trimmed leaf, a smattering of missing corners, small holes, chipped leaves, and short marginal tears. A book that has had several adventures and is ready for more.  (37215)   Please RESHELVE This.


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