Beloved Reading & “REMMEMBERANCE” A Sentimentally Significant Copy See, its Loving PROVENANCE Notes
Allestree, Richard. The whole duty of man, laid down in a plain and familiar way, for the use of all, but especially the meanest reader. London: Pr. by J. Leake for E. Pawlet, 1715. 8vo (20 cm, 7.9"). , xii, 503,  pp.; 2 plts. $500.00
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One of the great High Church devotional works, generally attributed to Allestree although its first appearance in 1658 was anonymous. The volume opens with a copperplate engraving of Moses with a tablet (and horns) signed by Michael van der Gucht, and with an additional engraved title-page with cherubim. The “Private Devotions for Several Occasions, Ordinary and Extraordinary” has a separate title-page, with continuous pagination.
Provenance: Front fly-leaf with inked inscription: “Maurice Wynne his Booke 1719 / Left him in Remmemberance [sic] of Mrs. Sidney Roberts of Ruthin who Dy'd the 13th of Nov.br 1719”; title-page with additional ownership inscription from Wynne. Back pastedown with inked inscription: “A Gift Sent from Oxford Martch ye 6th 1715 from Mr. John Brigdol to Mrs. Sidney Roberts / Receaved ye 17th of ye Same Instant. And he dyed ye 10th.” Another hand, seemingly Wynne's, has added “of Ruthin” after Roberts's name and “March 1715–16” following the date of death.
ESTC N25751. Contemporary calf, framed and panelled in blind with blind-tooled corner fleurons and decorative central roll, spine with gilt-ruled raised bands and blind roll at head and foot; front joint (outside) repaired using Japanese long-fiber method, leather rubbed and acid-pitted, spine title now absent and gilt rules all but absent. Pages gently age-toned with occasional faint spotting. A good “old book” expressing a thought-provoking, individual heritage. (34338)