The Parable of the Ten Virgins Opened & Applied: Being the Substance of divers Sermons of Matth. 25. 1,-13. Wherein, the Difference between the Sincere Christian and the most Refined Hypocrite, the Nature and Characters of Saving and of Common Grace, the Dangers and Diseases incident to most flourishing Churches or Christians, and other Spiritual TRUTHS of greatest importance, are clearly discovered, and practically Improved.
London: Printed by J[ohn] H[ayes] for John Rothwell, at the Fountain in Goldsmiths-Row in Cheap-side, and Samuel Thomson at the Bishops Head in Pauls Church-yard, 1660. Very Good. Item #25152
London: Printed by J[ohn] H[ayes] for John Rothwell, at the Fountain in Goldsmiths-Row in Cheap-side, and Samuel Thomson at the Bishops Head in Pauls Church-yard, 1660. First Edition. Two volumes bound in one. Small folio (28 x 18 1/2 cm.) ,240,203,pp. Contemporary paneled sheep with raised bands to spine. Later ownership inscription of Reverend Samuel Goodrich of Berlin dated 1816 to front free endpaper. Index card from previous owner noting provenance laid in at front.
Boards slightly warped, extremities professionally restored, and binding is sound. Loss at edges of and tear in front free endpaper, restored with wax paper; fore-edge of title page also neatly restored with same. Pages toned and slightly wrinkled with a few shallow chips to edges, but overall a well-preserved copy.
Posthumously published sermons from the English-born American Puritan minister. Shepard (1605-1649), "a poor, weak, pale-complexioned man," was nevertheless regarded as one of the foremost ministers of his day, with posts at Harvard University and the First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. See the DNB XVIII, pp. 50-1.
[ESTC R8097; Sabin 80212].