An Explanation of the Grand Mystery of Godliness; or, A True and Faithfull Representation of the Everlasting Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the onely [sic] begotten son of God and Sovereign over Men and Angels.

London: Printed by J. Flesher, for W. Morden, 1660. First edition. Old ink signature (“P. Courthope”) on a preliminary blank, a little light marginal pencil. On the whole a very good, clean copy. Contemporary calf, nicely rebacked, red morocco spine label, new endpapers. Folio. xxx, 546, [28] pp. Item #11423

More (1614-87) “…belonged to that little band of Christian Platonists which was formed at Cambridge in the middle of the seventeenth century, and the distinctive traits of their school of thought are perhaps best brought out in his writings” (John Henry Overton in D.N.B.). He was fascinated by the occult science of such men as Van Helmont and believed in witchcraft, which he considered “evidence of the reality of the unseen world.” He was the only one of the Cambridge Platonists to publish extensively.”.

Wing M2658.

Price: $1,500.00

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