"Shewing the True Spirit of That Persecuting Religion" [Serres, Etienne (fl.1685-1688)]. D'Assas, Claude, Translator. Popish Cruelty Exemplified, In the Various Sufferings of Mr. Serres, And Several Other French Gentlemen, For the Sake of Conscience. Shewing the True Spirit of that Persecuting Religion, And What May be Expected from It, If It Should Ever be Uppermost in These Kingdoms. In Several Letters to a Friend. To Which is Added, A Letter from an Abbot to the Translator, In Order to Bring Him Back to the Romish Religion He had Forsaken. London: Printed for J. Peele, 1723. 208 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands, gilt decoration and fragment of lettering piece to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, edges speckled red. Light rubbing and a few scuffs and scratches to boards, front board separated but secured by cords, moderate rubbing to extremities, rear joint starting at ends, chipping to spine ends, corners bumped and lightly worn, rear hinge cracked, front endleaves detached and lightly edgeworn, bookplates, one partially covered (the other of Sir John Dashwood) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in a few places. $950. * Only edition in English. First published in French as Quatre Relations Veritables (1688), this account of the life and "various sufferings" of Etienne Serres highlights French cruelty towards Protestant Huguenot refugees who fled the country after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. The stories of these refugees were often highlighted as anti-Catholic propaganda in controversial literature. Our English translation includes a preface from the translator, himself a converted Catholic before he "discovered the Errors of that cruel Religion," and an appendix, a purported attempt by an abbot to reconvert the translator. The covered bookplate is likely that of a Sir Francis Dashwood, though it is unclear which. OCLC locates 4 copies of this title, 2 in North America (Columbia, Earlham College). English Short-Title Catalogue T160510.
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