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Du Moulin, Peter et al.
Anti-Catholic Tracts of the 17th Century.
Stock Code: 5156
Twelve seventeenth century anti-Catholic tracts in one volume. Octavo. Ms index of titles, in a contemporary hand, precedes the text proper. Contents comprise: The Late Apology In of the Papists Re-Printed and Answered, In behalf of the Royalists, 1667, 46 pp; The Papal Tyranny As It Was Exercised over England for Some Ages by Peter du Moulin 1674, 80 pp, [2] advertisement; A Replie to a Person of Honour by Peter du Moulin, London, Henry Brome, 1675, 44 pp; A Letter Written upon the Discovery of the Late Plot by W Jane, London, H Brome, & R Chiswel 1678, 45 pp; The Unreasonableness and Impiety of Popery In a Second Letter Written on the Discovery of the late Plot by C Alston, London, R Chiswell 1678 36 pp; A Letter Written to a Friend Concerning Popish Idolatry by Herbert Lord Bishop of Hereford, London, Charles Harper, 1679, [4], 33 pp., [2]; The Jesuits Unmasked , London, Henry Brome, 1679, [4], 27 pp; Safe Advice for a Sound Protestant by L Womock, London, Robert Clavel, 1679,[4], 19 pp With The Religion of the Church of England by the same author, 27 pp; The Inconveniences of Toleration , London, W Garret, 1667. [2], 38 pp; A Letter to a Friend Concerning Some of Dr Owen’s Principles and Practices, London, 1670, 78 pp; A Modest Survey of the Most Considerable Things in a Discourse Lately Published Entitles Naked Truth by G Jane, London, Moses Pitt, Second Edition 1676, [2], 29 pp; A Friendly Call or a Seasonable Perswasive to Unity, London, T Buffet & J Leigh, 1679[2], 66 pp. Modern quarter calf with gilt titles to spine and bevelled paper-covered marbled boards; all edges stained red. The tracts have been cropped to a uniform size with minor loss to text of prelims of Papal Tyranny but no loss to body of text. Worm holes to prelims and title page of Apology and very minor holes to margin only of The Unreasonableness and Impiety and to Womock’s Letter, and slightly larger marks to margin of The Religion... Small repair with associated tear to p 31/2 of Late Apology, corner loss to p 27/8 of Letter... Scattered foxing and fingermarking; some toning mainly to Papal Tyranny and to individual title pages otherwise contents very good.
Anti-Catholicism in England was inextricably linked with fears of internal subversion and terrorism, and of invasion by Catholic powers France and Spain. The reigns of the Protestant monarchs were marked by Catholic plots and assassination attempts; Catholics were even blamed for the Great Fire of London in 1666. Attitudes remained entrenched and in 1698 the Popery Act imposed Penal Laws which remained largely in place for over a hundred years; even in 1780 discussions about the repeal of some of the laws provoked the Gordon Riots. This collection of pamphlets gives an indication of the attitudes of the time and of the seriousness with which the subject was treated.
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