WOTTON, Antony (1561?-1626). A Defence of M. Perkins Booke, called A Reformed Catholike: against the cauils of a Popish writer, one D.B.P. or W.B. [i.e. William Bishop, Bishop of Chalcedon] in his deformed Reformation. London: Felix Kyngston for Cuthbert Burby, 1606.
4° in 8's (186 x 127mm). (Some waterstaining and light browning, final leaf with hole at inner margin and tears into text, without the initial blank.) CONTEMPORARY CALF BY JOHN BATEMAN FOR JAMES I, with border of blind fillets surrounding the badge of a Tudor rose, royally crowned, blocked in gilt [Davenport Heraldic Book Stamps, p. 245], the ownership initials 'R.B.' added in blind (rebacked preserving old gilt spine, one spine band damaged, joints cracked, more severely on lower cover, small areas of damage to upper cover, corners worn), late 19th-century straight-grained blue morocco box, gilt-lettered spine.
FIRST EDITION. The references are to William Perkins's A Reformed Catholike or a declaration shewing how neere we may come to the present church of Rome, first published in 1597, and to William Bishop's A Reformation of a Catholike Deformed, issued by the 'English secret press,' 1604. Reprints of both are included in the present work. For details of John Bateman's career as Royal Bookbinder, see Foot The Henry Davis Gift, I, p. 42. STC 26004.