Full title: The works of the learned and pious author of The Whole Duty of Man.
Author: Richard Allestree
Publication: Printed at The Theatre in Oxford, and in London, by Roger Norton, for George Pawlett, 1684
Lovely and complete copy of this scarce work in contemporary full calf binding with blind tooled boards and detailed tooled spine with remnants of gilt. The whole professionally refurbished with leather inserts to joints/corners, new title piece, repairs to a couple of end pages. Partly illegible owner's name to front pastedown, some scattered and small worm holes, pages clean and undamaged. First edition of this compilation of works by Allestree. The Whole Duty of Man is one of the great High Church devotional works, almost universally attributed to Allestree although its first appearance in 1658 was anonymous; accompanying it here in Part 1 are The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety and The Gentleman's Calling. Part Two continues with The Ladies Calling, The Government of the Tongue, The Art of Contentment, and The Lively Oracles given to us. General outline is: Copper-engraved frontispiece done by Michael Burghers, each work with its title page (or half title in Part Two) plus title pages for parts 1 and 2 each with engraving of the Sheldonian Theatre, Part 1 456 pages plus prefaces with engraved cartouches, Part 2 322, various tables, indices and contents, errata (including some neatly written in ink in the margin)and index of scriptures. The Causes of the Decay of Christian Piety and The Gentleman's Calling are both dated 1683, while the title-pages for Parts 1 and two and the Whole Duty of Man are dated 1684. Folio (36 cm, 14.2").