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    Samuel Mearne Fine Binding for
    King Charles II of England

    Cuthbert Sydenham. [Mearne Binding for Charles II.] The Greatness Of The Mystery of Godliness; Together, With Hypocrisie discovered in its Nature and Workings. [bound with:] Hypocrise Discovered In Its Nature and Workings. In Several Sermons. London: R. T[omlins] for Robert Boulter, 1671 and 1672. Third Editions, so stated. Two works in one volume. Octavo. A4, B-K8; A-H8. [8], 216; [10], 38, 41-186 pages. Contemporary red morocco with the gilt monograms of Charles II on the covers and spine by Mearne; all edges gilt, some rubbing at edges, small chip in head-cap, pen number and name on front pastedown, corner off of lower outer corner of K1 with some loss of text, some browning and foxing but a very good copy of a very scarce work. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Sydenham or Sidenham, 1622-1654. The parliamentary committee for regulating the university sent letters to the members of convocation lauding his abilities, and bearing witness to his service to their cause, and on 8 March 1650-1 he was created M.A. On 22 Nov. 1652 Sydenham was appointed master of St. Mary Magdalen Hospital at Newcastle... He was 'a genteel, comly personage,' with an 'aquiline' nose, and in the pulpit was 'a very Seraph.' "- DNB

    Samuel Mearne was the greatest of the English binders of the Restoration period. These bindings were executed for the King, but were permitted to be sold after the death of the King. (see Howard M. Nixon's English Restoration Bookbindings, 1974.)     

    Wing S6299 & S6302. ESTC r38287.



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