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[Cranmer, Thomas, and others]
COLLECTION OF EARLY EDITIONS OF THE "BOOKS OF HOMILIES":
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,250 GBP
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38
[Cranmer, Thomas, and others]
COLLECTION OF EARLY EDITIONS OF THE "BOOKS OF HOMILIES":
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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[Cranmer, Thomas, and others]
COLLECTION OF EARLY EDITIONS OF THE "BOOKS OF HOMILIES":
i) Certayne Sermons, or Homilies, appointed by the Kynges Maiestie, to be declared and redde, by all persons, Vicars, or Curates, every Sondaye... Richard Grafton, 1549, the first edition to have the homilies divided into parts, title within woodcut border, ownership signature and inscription on title page of George Hutcheon (dated 1684), some further notes in ink in the text, contemporary calf decorated in blind on cover, [STC 13643; Mendham C243], lacking final leaf, some slight staining, binding repaired with new endpapers, edges and spine worn, short tear to G1, some soiling and browning to some leaves; ii) The seconde tome of Homelyes... Richard Jugge and John Cawood, 1563, first edition of Book II, title within woodcut border [McKerrow and Ferguson 111], later calf gilt, notes by Mendham in pencil on front endpaper, [STC 13663; Mendham C244], lacking 4f3, 4G4 and 4H1 (supplied in manuscript), some other tears, soiling and spotting, joints partially split, binding worn at edges; iii) The seconde tome of Homelyes... Richard Jugge and Jhon [sic] Cawood, 1563, another edition of Book II, title within woodcut border [McKerrow and Ferguson 111], later calf gilt, notes by Mendham in pencil on front endpaper, [STC 13665; Mendham C245], some early manuscript annotations to text, later calf with lion device in gilt on upper cover, new endpapers, marbled edges, some staining, binding worn at edges and corners; iv) An Homilie agaynst disobedience and wylful rebellion. Richard Jugge and John Cawood, [?1570], ink notes by Mendham on endpaper, a few early annotations, later calf gilt, [STC 13680.4; Mendham C246], upper cover detached, text spotted, final leaves torn at corners and repaired, final leaf K4 with colophon cropped and mounted, headlines sometimes cropped (4)
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Provenance

Joseph Mendham; Law Society of England and Wales

Literature

John Griffiths, ed. The two books of Homilies, Oxford, 1859

Catalogue Note

A great landmark in the English Reformation. The Books of Homilies published between 1547 and 1571 are groups of sermons written by Cranmer, Bishop John Jewel and others designed to be read aloud in churches every Sunday and on holy days, with the aim of unifying the reformed English church through one fundamental understanding of scripture (on topics such as sin, prayer, the Resurrection, fasting, idolatry, etc, often against the perceived heresies of the Roman Catholic church) and conveying this to congregations for the first time in their native English tongue. A proclamation of September 1548 banned all other sermons. The reading of the homilies in church is still mandated under Article XXXV of the Thirty-Nine Articles. Grafton had become the King's printer in April 1547 and produced the early editions of the Book of Common Prayer.

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