London: Printed by J. G. for R. Royston at the Angel in Ivie-lane, 1659. First edition. Hardcover. Small folio (11 x 7 inches), , 23, , 24-711 pp., (pagination includes the engraved allegorical title-page); vignette engraving on text title-page, folding engraved emblem plate titled "Tree of the Church." Contemporary full calf, gilt spine title. Bookplate of Harold Greenhill, a Chicago book collector of some note to front fixed endpaper. Very old (contemporary?) ink stamped ex-libris "Sheppard" below a crudely drawn sheep framed in laurel branches on front free endpaper. Covers rubbed and scuffed with corner tips exposed, lacking rear free endpaper, but still sturdy and presentable and internally fine, entirely free of foxing, stains, tears, etc. Item #21810
John Gauden (1605-1662) at time of publication of this volume was Dean of Bocking (in Essex), the following year he was appointed Bishop of Exeter and 2 years later made Bishop of Worcester. During the English Civil War he sided with the Parliamentary Party, though he did not support the execution of Charles I in 1649. The present work seeks to identify and offer remedies for the problems the author perceives as plaguing the health of the Church of England. Some 100 chapters in 4 books offer an exhaustive catalogue of woes and cures! Gauden is best remembered for his claim to authorship of the Eikon Basilike (in Greek) The Pourtrature of His Sacred Majestie in His Solitudes and Sufferings, a work attributed to Charles I and published just days after his execution. The question of authorship has never been solved and Gauden remains in the running.