Copy of An Important 1654 English Act Concerning Religious Toleration with Contemporary Annotations [Great Britain]. [Commonwealth and Protectorate]. [Cromwell, Oliver (1599-1658), Lord Protector]. An Ordinance for the Ejecting of Scandalous, Ignorant and Insufficient Ministers and School-Masters. Tuesday August 29. 1654. Ordered by his Highness the Lord Protector, And His Council, That this Ordinance be Forthwith Printed and Published. Henry Scobell, Clerk of the Council. London: Printed by William du-Gard and Henry Hills, printers to His Highness the Lord Protector, 1654. [ii], 595-616, 613-624, 623-633,  pp. Complete. Text continuous despite pagination. Folio (11' x 7-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet with untrimmed edges bound into recent quarter morocco over cloth, gilt title to spine. A few minor nicks to boards, light rubbing to extremities with some wear to corners. Moderate browning and light foxing, occasional faint dampstaining, repairs to fore-edges of final two leaves, later satirical engraving of Puritans affixed to front endleaf facing title page, early owner initials and brief annotation to head of title page ("J.B./ [illegible] 122 5d"), annotations in contemporary hand to several leaves. $1,500. * First edition, one of two issues. This was one of two ordinances issued by Cromwell in 1654 to promote religious toleration (excluding Catholics) by removing or debarring clerics whose extreme religious views or behavior provoked sectarian conflict. The annotations in our copy are quite interesting. They are generally interpretive; several have cross-references to earlier acts and court cases. English Short-Title Catalogue R210341.
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