Possibly the First Appearance of Calvin in English Translation.
Faythful and moost Godlye treatyse.
concernynge the most sacret sacrament of the blessed body and bloude of oure sauioure Christe, co[m]piled by Iohn Caluyne, a man of no lesse lernyng and literature, then Godlye studye, and example of liuynge. And translated into Latyne b Lacius a man of lyke excellencie. And nowe laste of all translated into Englyshe by a faythfull brother, no lesse desirous to profyt the weake brothers then to exercise the talent of the Lorde to this honoure and glorye. In declaration whereof, he hath set before this litle booke an Epistle to the reader much more effectuous then in the fyrst edicion. Wherunto the order that the Churche and congregation of Christ in Denmarke doth vse at the receiuinge of Baptisme, the supper of [the] Lorde, and wedlocke: is added. Myles Couerdale. London: Iohn Day and Wyllyam Seres , 1548.
Early edition and possibly the First appearance of Calvin in English translation. Small octavo (5 5/8 x 3 1/2 inches; 135 x 90 mm). 96 pp. Black letter. A translation by Miles Coverdale from the Latin version by Nicholas Des Gallars of: Petit traict’e de la Saincte cene. Imprint from colophon; publication date suggested by STC. Provenance: Herbert, William (1718–1795), bibliographer and book collector. "Herbert's collection of some thousands of books ranging from manuscripts and incunabula to contemporary works, which he admitted had ‘employed no inconsiderable part of my life and, I may add, my fortune in forming it’ (Herbert, ‘Preface’, 1.vi), rivalled many of the libraries he had used." (ODNB).
The STC lists four editions of this title, all with the suggested date of 1548, however all other three are said to be translated by Thomas Broke, making this the only 1548 edition actually translated by Coverdale.
No other copies of this edition or any other 1548 edition has come up at auction since 1979, when another copy owned by William Herbert was sold at the Sotheby's London April 2, 1979 sale. This present copy has William Herbert's initials and manuscript note on the title-page.
Modern half morocco over marbled boards. Spine lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. New endpapers. Some minor repairs to outer margin of title-page, not affecting text. A tiny wormhole to title-page, but no loss of text. Some early manuscript notes to first few pages, otherwise extremely clean throughout.
ESTC S110973. STC 4412.
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