Resolves: Divine, Moral, Political; with several new additions both in prose and verse, not extant in the former impressions. Owen FELLTHAM, Esq.
Resolves: Divine, Moral, Political; with several new additions both in prose and verse, not extant in the former impressions.

Resolves: Divine, Moral, Political; with several new additions both in prose and verse, not extant in the former impressions.

London: Benj. Motte for Cha. Harper, 1709. Twelfth impression. Octavo : pp. (2, blank) (16) 672 (2, blank) : extra engraved title page : plain eps : all edges speckled : headbands in alternating cream and light blue : polished calf boards with tooled design in a rectangle with corner ornaments : five raised bands to the spine : gilt lozenge design to all edges.

Minor lean; top two corners abraded and leather lifting to lower board lower corner; open tear to lower corner A4 with loss of letter 'e' at the end of 'challenge'; handful of very small chips in leather of lower board; "1709 May 16. 0.6.0" written in very small hand in brown ink along fore edge of ffep; two reviews of L. Lievsay's The Seventeenth Century Resolve loosely inserted. Very good. Item #2069

Precursor to the more familiar essay form, the seventeenth century resolve was structured as a meditation upon a text, observation or anecdote and resolved in vow, exhortation or prayer. Felltham's resolves were not the first but the best-known, and he was the only author to use the word resolve in his title. (from "Swallowing the Moral Pill" by Robin Robbins, Times Literary Supplement 11/07/80).

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