This attractive book is volume 5 of a 12-volume history written by Michel Le Vassor, (1646–1718), a French Protestant, historian, and critic of Louis XIV
The Bibliothèque Choisie, by Jean Le Clerc (Johannes Clericus) (1657 – 1736), while ostensibly encyclopedic in scope, focuses primarily on philosphical and theological issues of the day. The books are beautifully presented, and the title pages are all subtly different, with different elements rubricated in the different volumes, although the basic design and the woodcut remain the same throughout.
This well-known book contains an edited version of the letters of Thomas Wentworth (1593-1641), Lord-Deputy of Ireland from 1633 to 1640, who ruled with an iron hand. The letters and dispatches contain a wealth of detail of the period up to the eruption of 1641, and the book includes a biographical sketch of Strafford by Sir George Radcliffe (1593 –1657), Strafford’s confidential advisor from 1626 on.
Three examples of books containing statute law for Ireland feature in the exhibition, containing legislation from the Great Charter of Henry III in 1225, a revised version of Magna Carta, up to the upheaval of 1798.
The exhibition features four versions of the Book of Common Prayer, which is the essential prayer book used in the Anglican Church, containing all the forms of service for daily and Sunday worship, including psalms and readings, and has its origins in the reformation of religion in England in the 1540s.
The Old Testament Embellished with Engravings from pictures and Drawings by the Most eminent English Artists
One of the largest Bibles ever commercially produced, being issued in 6, or sometimes 7 volumes in an Elephant Folio format in 1800