Of the Church (Two Volumes)
Feild, Richard (or Field)
Vol. One - Humfrey Lownes, 1606, London.
Nicolas Okes, 1610, London.
Both first editions. 4to. Half leather. Boards to both volumes tacketed recently with professional repair work to spines. "Stoakley, Cambridge" (bookbinder) stamped to reverse of both front endpapers.
Volume One has owner name neatly to frond endpaper. Soiling to title-page. Light damp stain to bottom of several pages. Underlining and marginalia in contemporary hand starting at the end of the fourth book in volume one(p. 275).
Volume Two has owner name neatly to front endpaper. Some soiling to title-page and last four pages. Very small tear to bottom of p. 525 not affecting text. Underlining and marginalia in contemporary hand throughout.
Feild's complete polemic against the Catholic Church in all 5 books. Volume one includes the first four books and Theolphilus Higgins' arguments against them. Higgins' protests prompted Feild to write the Fifth book which takes up all of volume two.
Feild was a respected ecclesiastic scholar in his own day but until only recently has his influence and importance begun to be acknowledged. Besides a sermon published in 1604, Of The Church was his only published work.