London: Printed by James Flesher, for Richard Royston, at the signe of the Angel in Ivie-lane, 1653. Second Edition. [305 x 195 x 40 mm]. ff; 568 pp; . With an engraved title-page and 11 engraved plates by William Faithorne. 'The history of the life and death of the Holy Jesus' in three parts, has a separate dated title-page for each part. General title page and first internal title page printed in red and black. With terminal publisher's advertisement leaf. Bound in contemporary calf, rebacked, blocked title to second panel on spine. Ownership inscriptions of 'John Newpirt, 1721' and 'Henry Pruen, May–1838' to recto of front blank fly-leaf. Cover corners worn and edges split. Very good. Item #16
A beautiful copy of Chaplain in Ordinary to Charles I, and Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor and Down, Jeremy Taylor's (bap.1613, d.1667) meditative life of Christ. First printed in 1649, this second edition is the first illustrated edition. Taylor, much admired for his eloquence and poetical imagination, has garnered great praise throughout the centuries. Coleridge praised him among the masters of early seventeenth century literature, along with Bacon and Milton. He is sometimes known as the "Shakespeare of Divines" for his poetic style of expression, and he is frequently cited as one of the greatest prose writers in the English language.