A Critical Examination of Tithes and Other Forms of Ecclesiastical Revenue [Simon, Richard (1638-1712)]. The History of the Original and Progress of Ecclesiastical Revenues. Wherein is Handled According to the Laws, Both Ancient and Modern, Whatsoever Concerns Matters Beneficial, The Regale, Investitures, Nominations, And Other Rights Attributed to Princes. Written in French by a Learned Priest. And Now Done into English. London: Printed for Henry Faithorne and John Kersey, 1685. [xvi], 271,  pp. Octavo (7" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, rebacked retained backstrip with gilt fillets and recent lettering piece to spine, blind rules to boards. Minor nicks and scuffs to boards, which are slightly bowed, moderate rubbing to extremities, wear along joints and spine ends, pastedowns loose and lightly edgeworn. Light toning to text, negligible light soiling to title page. $350. * Only English edition. This critical work was originally published in Frankfurt in 1684 as Histoire de l'Origine & Du Progres des Revenues Ecclesiastiques. This anonymous translation was clearly intended to criticize laws concerning tithes to support the Church of England. According to the preface, "this work" is worth reading because it "plainly discovers what good Use the Ecclesiastics have made of the Pious Inclinations of the Laity, to their own Advantage..." English Short-Title Catalogue R19448.
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