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Book Description
FIRST EDITION. Inspired by Lucas Jansse’s La Messe trouvée dans l’Escriture (1652), this satire reflects the efforts made by certain Catholic theologians in the seventeenth century to prove a biblical basis for the celebration of Mass. The Pope, when asked by the Cardinal to explain his good spirits, replies that ‘Pope Alexander the 6th: was over-joyed to see that in his days such a noted and an excellent part of the World as is America, was found out; I have far more reason to rejoyce because that in my days things of greater concernment that relate to Heaven and Happiness have been searcht out, and happily discovered; the Holy Mass is found to be hid in a corner of holy Scripture. The Mass in holy Scripture! quoth the Cardinall full of admiration, how can that be?’ And so we are told the story of Father Patrick, a Burgundian priest ministering among the ‘English Hereticks’, who found, in a Louvain translation into French in 1664, that Acts 13, verse 2 speaks of the Apostles ‘saying Mass to the Lord; Although this Translation be in French, it is no less useful to England, for that Nation naturally loves, admires, and embraces whatsoever appears to them in a French garb and countenance let it be never so rediculous’. Patrick is initially feted for this discovery, but ends the book in disgrace. The final sentence is a warning to the reader to ‘take heed of the Hypocrisie and Cunning of the Romish Emissaries’.
Dealer Notes
Outside the UK, ESTC records copies at Illinois, Texas, the Union Theological Seminary, and the Huntington.
Author [PATRICK, Father].
Date 1674
Binding in recent marbled wrappers.
Publisher London, Printed by T.R. and N.T. for Moses Pitt at the Angell in St Pauls Church-yard,
Condition 4to, pp. [iv], 30. [1] errata, [1] blank; with woodcut headpieces; some browning and light dustsoiling;

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