Fourth edition published by C. Rivington 1733 (London)
… Wherein That First and truly Cardinal Virtue of Christian Morality is Explained, Recommended, and Enforced, not only from the Scriptures, but also from the Writings and Examples of the Saints, and Primitive Fathers of the Church… The Fourth Edition Revised and Amended from the Latin Edition. With A Preface concerning the Author. Wherein some Cautions are given, against the Danger of reading Popish, and other unorthodox or suspected Books. A Chapter also is added shewing, how Children may be trained up to the Virtue of Humility.
Hardback full calf leather binding with gilt tooled border to boards. Five raised bands to spine. Engraved frontispiece. Engraved border to each heading and vignette to each section end. Errata details to p. 324, followed by list of books printed by C. Rivington. Boards moderately rubbed and scuffed, with bumping to edges and corners and chipping to hinge. Gilt border faded. Spine moderately worn and cracked. Chipping/small loss to spine edges. Rear board detached and front board loose. Neat inscription to ffep dated 1769. A few ink smudges. Ink inscription which has been blotted over to verso of frontispiece. Pages toned and thumbed throughout, particularly to edges, although remarkably intact with little to no chipping. Relatively clean and clear. Cracking to gutter but text block otherwise relatively tight. Pages 315-xv detached. Overall good to fair condition. xxxv + 319 + xvii pp. Alphonsus (Alonso) Rodriguez (1538-1616) was a Spanish Jesuit priest and a spiritual writer of renown. His single work Ejercicio de Perfeccion y Virtudes Cristianas (Practice of Perfection and Christian Values) was first published in Seville, Spain in 1609. The preface in this volume notes “I found… that this Treatise is but a Part of a larger Work, which is called, – The Exercise of Perfection; was originally written in Spanish, and, as the Publisher of the Latin Edition (at Cologn in 1677.) informs us, ‘had been translated into most Languages…’ …” Lovely example of this scarce and intriguing work.