Antiquitates christianæ: or, The history of the life and death of the holy Jesus: as also the lives, acts and martyrdoms of his Apostles. In two parts. The first part, containing the life of Christ, written by Jer. Taylor, late Lord Bishop of Down and Connor. The second, containing the lives of the Apostles, with an enumeration, and some brief remarks upon their first successors in the five great apostological churches, by William Cave, D.D. Chaplain in Ordinary to His Majesty. By whom also is added an apparatus, or discourse introductory to the whole work, concerning the three great dispensations of the Church, patriarchal, mosaical and evangelical. London: printed by R. N. for Luke Meredith. 1695. Folio. Eighth edition. Title page in red and black. Pp , LI, [xiii], XXVIII, vi, , 432, , xiv, 162, 169-188. Early signature to title page, Wm Baker, and a note of the cost £1 15 s. Each section has a different title page. Frontis portrait, double page plate of the Church as the branches on a tree, and 17 further plates, showing the evangelists or scenes from the life of Christ (one double page), plus many (approximately 98) quarter-page engravings to text. Contemporary panelled calf, hinges weak, sometimes taped within, and rear hinge glued, lacks rear flyleaf, occasional toning but overall a very attractive example, with all pages intact.
Loosely inserted is a neat mid-twentieth century hand-written list of the illustrations by name and page number (two pages).An interesting work and well-produced seventeenth-century work, one that must have taken an extra-ordinary time to produce.
Author TAYLOR, Jeremy.
Binding Contemporary calf
Publisher Luke Meredith