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    William Turner. A Compleat History Of the Most Remarkable Providences, Both of Judgment and Mercy, Which have Hapned in this Present Age. Extracted from the Best Writers, the Author's own Observations, and the Numerous Relations sent him from divers parts of the Three Kingdoms. To which is Added, Whatever is Curious in the Works of Nature and Art. The whole digested into one volume, under proper heads; being a work set on foot thirty years ago, by the Reverend Mr. Pool, author of the Synopsis Criticorum: and since undertaken and finish'd, by William Turner, M.A. Vicar of Walberton, in Sussex. Recommended as useful to ministers in furnishing topicks of reproof and exhortation, and to private Christians for their closets and families. I[ncludes: The Wonders of Nature, Part II & The Curiosities of Art., Part III]. London: John Dunton, 1697. Krown & Spellman retail: $950. First Edition. Folio. a-i2,B2-6E4. [6], 26, [4], 140, 152, 144, [4], 145-172, 24, [4], 82, [4], 31, [1] p. Contemporary calf, rebacked in sheep in late 18th c?, rubbed & worn, old titling piece reused, some leather stripped from covers; 18th c. owner's inscription on t.p., stamp of institution on t.p., old pen notes in margins of dates of prodigies; marginalia, foxing, minor stains. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Turner, William (1652/3-1701), Church of England clergyman and author.

    " A folio edition of Turner's second well-known work, A Compleat History of the most Remarkable Providences, dedicated to John Hall, bishop of Chichester, was printed by Dunton in 1697. This compilation of providential stories that had been sent to Turner 'from divers Parts of the Three Kingdoms' was 'Recommended as useful to Ministers in Furnishing Topicks of Reproof and Exhortation,' as well as to laypersons for their own private edification (Turner, Compleat History, preface)." [Oxford DNB]

    "The work is divided into three main parts. The first, and by far the largest, was the compilation of remarkable providences, instances of God's direct actions, including judgements and instances of outstanding piety and virtue as well as prodigies. The second part was devote to the wonders of nature,but these wonders were also meant to demonstrate God's existence by offering evidence of design. The brief third section, the wonders of art, testified to God's achievements through the greatness of his creation, man." [William E. Burns, An Age of Wonders: Prodigies, Politics,and Providence in England, 1657-1727.Manchester,2002.]     Wing T3345. ESTC r38921.

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