BECON (THOMAS) The Worckes... Now Finished this Present of Our Lord, 1564, 3 vol. bound in 2, 1564
Lot 233
BECON (THOMAS) The Worckes... Now Finished this Present of Our Lord, 1564, 3 vol. bound in 2, 1564
Sold for £6,000 (US$ 9,629) inc. premium

Lot Details
BECON (THOMAS)
The Worckes... Now Finished this Present of Our Lord, 1564, 3 vol. bound in 2, black letter, general titles within allegorical woodcut borders, parts titles within woodcut architectural borders (some shaved at upper margin), woodcut portrait of the author on verso of title in volume one and 3, large woodcut portrait of the the publisher on the colophon of volume one and 3, several large woodcut initials (some historiated), f.59 in volume one and f.6 in volume 2 re-inserted from a shorter copy, sprinkling of single wormholes (reducing to 2 by f.40) to opening of volume 2, and a few towards end of volume 3, side-notes shaved on 3 leaves in volume 2, title in volume one cut down window-mounted on verso with small loss at margin and just touching portrait on verso, but generally a clean copy with good margins, early twentieth century morocco gilt antique, gilt gauffered edges [STC 1710], small folio, John Day, 1564

Footnotes

  • RARE: no copy is recorded on ABPC of this three-volume edition of Becon's works, which he himself collected together and revised after his return from exile during Mary's reign. It includes his earliest works written as Theodore Basil, and his later polemics. "Becon's writings show a marked transformation in his views over time. His earliest works espouse a modified Lutheran theology while his last are decidedly Zwinglian, particularly regarding the sacraments. His homely and colloquial style, to which he undoubtedly owed his wide readership, attests the truth of his own estimate of his powers" (ODNB).
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