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    Parker, Samuel, Bishop of Oxford. De Rebus sui Temporis. Commentariorum Libri Quatuor. London: James Bettenham, 1726. 8vo. ¹2, B-Z8, 2A4, 2B2-7. [No 2B1 or 8 but no text missing.] [4], 372p. Full calf, banded, with gilt owner's arms on front and back covers, front hinge opened, thick paper, minor damp- stains. This is generally styled as the Tory's chronicle. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $150.00

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    Samuel Parker (1640- 1688), the Bishop of Oxford; educated at Oxford, at Wadham and Trinity colleges; M.A. Trinity College, Oxford, 1663; appointed chaplain to Archbishop Sheldon, 1667; arch deacon of Canterbury, 1676; wrote voluminously on ecclesiastical history and political science, criticized Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Hobbes, and attacked the puritans; strongly supported the power of the crown and desired to restrict church authority to purely spiritual questions; published 'Ecclesiastcal Politie' 1670, which became a popular work and provoked much controversy; D.D. Caimbridge, per literas regias, 1671; attracted the attention of James II by his advocacy of erastian views; made Bishop of Oxford, 1686; nominated president of Magdalen College, 1687, where he admitted many Roman catholic fellows on the royal mandate; his patience was exhausted by a command from the king to admit nine more catholic fellows, and a burst of anger led to a convulsive fit, in which he died. Although universally regarded by contemporaries as a time server, an examination of his writings leads to the conclusion that he held views on religious toleration in advance of his age. ESTC t13064. Lowndes 1778.

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