London, South Kensington
6 June 2006
WATSON, Thomas (1513-84). Holsome and Catholyke Doctrine, concernynge the Seuen Sacramentes of Christes Churche. London: Richard Caley, 1558. 4° (181 x 125mm). Black letter, a few woodcut initials (lower fore-corners of first few leaves defective and in some cases cut away, a little browning and staining). 19th-century red half hardgrain morocco, marbled edges (rubbed).
FIRST EDITION of these thirty sermons by Thomas Watson, Bishop of Lincoln from 1556-58, a fine classical scholar and ardent Roman catholic who spent much of his life in confinement following the accession of Elizabeth and died in Wisbech Castle where he had been imprisoned following the revelation that he had been corresponding with Douai coupled with the invasion of the jesuits and the missionary priests.
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