"Fit to be Perused by the Libertines of This Age" [Vaughan, Sir William (1577-1641)]. The Spirit of Detraction Coniured and Convicted in Seven Circles. A Worke Both Divine and Morall, Fit to be Perused by the Libertines of this Age, Who Endeauour by Their Detracting and Derogatorie Speeches, to Embezell Both the Glorie of God, And the Credit of Their Neighbours. London: Printed by W.S. for George Norton, 1611. [xxxii], 248, 245-351,  pp. Title page and text enclosed in ruled borders. Quarto (7" x 5-1/2"). Handsome period-style calf, blind rules and small central gilt ornaments to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, gilt rules to board edges, endpapers renewed (using old paper). Light browning to text, light soiling and a few small early pen marks to title page, repairs to lower corners of front free endpaper and title page. An appealing copy in an notably attractive binding. $3,500. * Only edition, one of two issues, both from 1611. This is a treatise on slander and libel. As indicated by its title, its argument has a strongly theological cast. Vaughan, who held an LL.D. from Oxford, is known today for his moralistic writings and efforts to establish an English colony in Newfoundland. Both issues are rare. OCLC locates 6 copies of our issue, none in North America. The ESTC locates 7 more, 4 of them in North America (Boston Public Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, Harvard, New York Public Library). English Short-Title Catalogue S2939.
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