Stillingfleet Mischief of Separation
Author: Edward StillingfleetPeter Jones
The Mischief of Separation 1680
By Edward Stillingfleet
Printed In London by For
The Volume is in Very Good Condition disbound, with generally clean, amply margined leaves, with the lower margined trimmed a bit close, with some of the cords failing, causing certain leaves to be a bit loose, with a tear to the final leaf, losing a large part of that leaf, but only losing ‘The End’ at the base of the leaf, with the advertisement for Stillingfleet’s other published pieces intact, and little in the way of stains or tears otherwise.
The Volume is Complete With order to print leaf set as frontispiece. See below for pagination & dimensions.
Of Mischief of Separation
Edward Stillingfleet was a British theologian and scholar. Considered an outstanding preacher as well as a strong polemical writer defending Anglicanism, Stillingfleet was known as “the beauty of holiness” for his good looks in the pulpit, and was called by John Hough “the ablest man of his time”
The Mischief of Separation originally a sermon, was followed up by The Unreasonableness of Separation: Or, An Impartial Account of the History, Nature and Pleas of the Present Separation from the Communion of the Church of England. These attacks on the separatists among non-conformists prompted a large-scale response from dissenters, many of whom were disappointed with the harsher line from an Anglican who had in the past held out an olive branch. His opponents included Richard Baxter and John Owen. John Howe took the line that “latitude” was not compatible with a “mean narrow” approach. Stillingfleet was also criticised from the conforming side, for coming too close to the arguments of Thomas Hobbes.
Pagination & Dimensions
The volume is paginated as follows: [viii], 59, . The volume collates as follows: [A]-H4, I2. Each leaf measures about 190 mm. By 150 mm.