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GILPIN, WILLIAM. The Life of Bernard Gilpin. By William Gilpin, M.A. Of Queen's College, Oxford. The Second Edition. [9.5 x 8.7cm engraving of dragon between cross and Bible] London: Printed for John and James Rivington, in St. Paul's Church-yard. MDCCLIII.  Octavo, 13 x 20.2cm.
Bound early calf boards sometime rebacked calf spine with red morocco title label & raised bands, original leather over boards is worn, pock-marked and rubbed, worn through leather at corners, lacking free endpapers and front flyleaf, contents quite clean with minimum of foxing. There is a nice copperplate engraving of Bernard Gilpin, facing the title page.
Collation: frontispiece leaf, title leaf, B-U8, X4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, -239 Life of Gilpin, (1) blank; (1) title, (1) blank, 243-311, (1) blank. Page 241 is the title page for Gilpin's sermon: "A Sermon Preached in the Court at Greenwich, Before King Edward VI. The First Sunday After the Epiphany, MDLII." ESTC Citation No. T99014.
Bernard Gilpin (1517-1583) "English clergyman, called 'The Apostle of the North'... He was educated at Queen's College, Oxford... He was one of the first scholars elected to Christ Church, on the completion of Wolsey's foundation by Henry VIII. To clear up his theological doubts he went abroad in 1552 and lived for several years in Louvain and Paris. On his return to England in 1556 he was made rector of Easington and archdeacon of Durham, despite the fact that he now adopted the theology of the Reformation. Soon afterward he became rector of Houghton-le-Spring. His life at Houghton is said to have been a ceaseless round of benevolent activity; and his extensive charities here and throughout the northern counties soon won for him wide popularity, which, coupled with his Protestant views and his fearless denunciation of clerical vices, naturally made him enemies among the clergy. He was accused before Edmund Bonner, bishop of London, and would have been tried for heresy, and probably beheaded, but for an accident. While on his way to London for trial he broke his