London: Printed for Sam Lowndes, 1686. The rare first edition. There were five editions printed in the 17th century and many more in the 18th century. Copper engraved frontispiece by Faithorne. Wood-engraved headpieces and initial letters. Title page printed in black and red. Some leaves are misnumbered, but text is consecutive and complete. Binding extremities rubbed. Front hinge starting but still sound. Offsetting from frontispiece to preliminary blank and title page. Occasional soiling and foxing. Contemporary inscriptions and one later pencil inscription on preliminary blanks. A very good copy of a scarce book in an attractive binding. Contemporary gilt-tooled and paneled morocco. Decorative gilt spine with raised bands. All edges gilt. Octavo. , , [7, index] pp. Item #16157
Anthony Horneck (1641-1697) was a Church of England clergyman. He shared the orthodox protestant belief in witches, contributing an appendix of Swedish cases to Joseph Glanville's Saducismus triumphatus (1682, second edition). In the 17th century, both the Lutheran and the Reformed orthodox parties displayed an unparalleled enthusiasm for Rabbinic and Hebrew studies; this was the strongest feature of Horneck's intellectual equipment and led to the award of a Cambridge DD in 1681. Much of Horneck's literary output was devoted to the rules of life for Christians, and his Fire of the Altar, a work designed to assist the devout communicant, ran to at least fourteen editions. In 1693, he became chaplain to William III and the first of a series of court chaplains and German preachers in the Savoy who played a distinguished role in British religious life for most of the eighteenth century.