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The True History of the Church of Scotland, From the beginning of the Reformation, unto the end of the Reigne of King James VI
NP, Edinburgh 1678 - Folio. (8) 839pp. Original leather with raised bands, housed in an orange clamshell box with gilt lettering on spine. Red edges. Ruling border on title page. Historiated head and endpieces, and initials. Double-rule borders of block throughout. Printed shoulder notes.Summary of content as printed on title page: "Wherein, besides some touches of the Civil State and Alterations of Affaires, in their due order; there is not only a series of the Assemblies, and of the Principal of their Actings recorded; but also a full and plaine Relation of the Trials and Troubles, which the Church did meet with from Enemies to the purity of her Doctrine, Worship, Discipline and Government; of the several Alterations, caused or occasioned thereby; of the many sad and lamentable faintings and backslideings of Persons, sometimes eminent in the Church; of the faithful contendings of others for the Perogatives of Christ, as the alone Head of the Church, for the purity of His Institutions, and for the Liberty and Privileges of His Church and Kingdom, against of the enemies thereof; and particularly against Erastianisme and Prelacy, the two grand Enemies of the Discipline and Government of the Church of Christ, and of their sad sufferings upon the account thereof."After imprisonment, banishment and subsequent exile in Holland Calderwood returned to Scotland where he regained respect and leverage. "In 1648 the General Assembly voted him and annual pension of £800 Scots (£66 13s. 4d. sterling) to enable him to complete his great work, the history of the Kirk of Scotland. He died, however, leaving it still in manuscript, and in three forms; the first and longest is now partially preserved in the British Museum; the second, "a digest of the first," was published with a "Life" by Thomas Thomson by the Wodrow Society in eight volumes, Edinburgh, 1842-49; the third, another abridgment, was published in 1678 with the title "The True History of the Church of Scotland. These histories have slight literary merit, but are invaluable as sources, their material having been collected with diligence and fidelity." (Schaff-Herzog). Laid in a folded page with handwritten notes in pencil.Clamshell box with library barcode attached at upper left corner of front cover. Covers loose, held together by two 2 inch leather tapes at top and bottom. Binding darkened with wear along edges and two tears and chips on back cover. Title page and following six leaves loose but present. Pages 9 through 30 attached to binding only at top. Red edges faded. Bookplate of THEO'L SEMINARY glued to inside front cover. Brief inked and penciled notes on inside front cover. First signature including title page darkened along edges with some fingerprints at bottom. Some age toning of block. Clamshell box in near fine, binding in overall poor, interior in good- to good+ condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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