PENN, W[illiam] (1644-1718). No Cross, No Crown: or several Sober Reasons against Hat-Honour, Titular-Respects, You to a single Person, with the Apparel and Recreations of the Times; Being Inconsistent with Scripture, Reason, and the Practice, as well of the best Heathen, as the Holy Men and Women of the Generations...With Sixty-Eight Testimonies of the most famous Persons...In Defence of the poor despised Quakers, against the Practice and Objections of their Adversaries... n.p. [London], Printed in the Year, 1669.
4o (177 x 137mm). , 111pp., roman and italic types, shoulder notes (Minor staining, tiny wormtrack in upper gutter). Disbound, cloth protective case.
FIRST EDITION of Penn's extensive indictment of worldly vanities: "the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and pride of life, which are the off-spring of the world" (Epistle to the Reader). Penn cites a host of authorities to make his case, including classical authors, Martin Luther, Erasmus, "Dr. Donne," Sir Philip Sidney and John Calvin. The work remained popular, especially among Quakers, and there are several later editions. The last copy offered at auction was the cropped Phillips copy, in 1976. Sabin 59721; Wing P1327.