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Wareham
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Contact Tom Lintern-Mole
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Specialists Antiquarian Books, Manuscripts c.1500-1900, Early Printed Books, Military and Maritime, Law, Fine Bindings, Illustrated, Travel
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Stand D14

LEY, John.

A patterne of pietie. Or the religious life and death of that grave and gracious marron, Mrs. Jane Ratcliffe widow and citizen of Chester..., London. Printed by Felix Kingston for Robert Bostocke, 1640.

8vo. [14], 198pp. Without initial and terminal blanks. Nineteenth-century half-calf, recently rebacked to style with earlier contrasting red morocco lettering-piece laid-on, marbled boards. Boards rubbed, slight surface loss. Marbled endpapers, some loss to title border at head, bottom corners of gatherings K and L slightly trimmed.

Note
A memorial to the spiritual life of Jane Ratcliffe (d. 1638), by the Chester minister John Ley. Following the death of the first child Ratcliffe dedicated herself to leading an exemplary godly existence, becoming renowned for her devotion to prayer and sermon, and her stoicism regarding earthly temptations and sufferings. It is of note however, that little would be known of Ratcliffe had her biographer Ley not found her example useful both in publicising moderate puritan faith, and as a reply to Laudian criticisms.

ESTC records copies at only eight locations in the British Isles (BL, Cambridge, Cardiff, Congregational Library, Manchester, NLW, Oxford, Thomas Plume's Library), and only four in North America (California, Folger, Huntingdon, and Princeton).

Bibliography
STC 15567.

Edition
First edition.
£750