Complete Works of William Perkins (1558–1602). Three Volumes, Complete

By: Perkins, William Perkins (1558–1602)

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Book Condition: Very Good

This scarce complete set have been professionally rebound in half maroon morocco marbled boards. Endpages renewed. Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Volume 2 has the name of a contemporary owner atop the title page. Light dampstaining on the first 10 pages, the title page has repair to the edges. Gutter dampstaining throughout the last third of the volume. Small folios 32 cm at the textblock, 34.5 cm in total tall; Title vignettes; initials; head-pieces. Printed in double columns within double-ruled border; notes and references in margins. Includes folded tables. Includes indexes and errata.

Full Title of Volume 1; 1612 & Volume 2; 1617; The works of that famous and worthie minister of Christ, in the Universitie of Cambridge, Mr. William Perkins. Newly corrected according to his owne copies. With distinct chapters, and contents of every book, and two Table of the whole, one, of the matter and questions, the other of choice places of Scripture.

Full Title of Volume 3; 1609.

The works of that famous and worthie minister of Christ, in the Universitie of Cambridge, Mr. William Perkins. The Third and Last Volume. Newly corrected and amended Containing His Learned Expositions and sundrie choice places of Scripture, with some little Triflates. The Particulars whereof thou maift see in the next Page, with the order of their placing. Here To is Adioyned A Twofold Table, one, of the chief points and Questions, the other of choice places of Scripture.

This set was assembled in the mid-1970’s from several London booksellers and presented to Dr. R. T. Kendall a recent graduate from Oxford with his Doctor of Philosophy from a dear friend. Kendall’s doctorate thesis was on William Perkins. He pastored Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years following succeeded Dr. Glyn Owen who himself followed Martyn Lloyd-Jones and G. Campbell Morgan. The volumes had mismatched bindings which were barely intact.

We have located 5 sets in institutions, all appear to be mixed sets and some lacking pages including the Library of Congress’ set. This set is complete. [8 sets are listed on OCLC but one is using the LOC’s availably another has only two volumes of three. And of the remaining 5, we could not determine the holdings of three institutions.

William Perkins (1558–1602) was an influential English cleric and Cambridge theologian, receiving both a B.A. and M.A. from the university in 1581 and 1584 respectively, and also one of the foremost leaders of the Puritan movement in the Church of England during the Elizabethan era.

Perkins set the standard for what would become English Puritanism. “No Puritan author save Richard Baxter ever sold better than Perkins, and no Puritan thinker ever did more to shape and solidify historic Puritanism itself” ….. Perkins’ example and influence “established mainstream Puritanism as a movement majoring on evangelism and spiritual life, bearing with the ecclesiastical inconvenience for the time being in order to fulfill in the Church of England a full-scale soul-saving ministry.” [Packer]

Although not entirely accepting of the Church of England's ecclesiastical practices, Perkins conformed to many of the policies and procedures imposed by the Elizabethan Settlement. He did remain, however, sympathetic to the non-conformist puritans and even faced disciplinary action for his support.

Perkins was a prolific author who penned over forty works, many of which were published posthumously. In addition to writing, he also served as a fellow at Christ's College and as a lecturer at St Andrew's Church in Cambridge.

He was a firm proponent of Reformed theology, particularly the supralapsarian theology of Theodore Beza and John Calvin. In addition, he was a staunch defender of Protestant ideals, specifically the five solae with a particular emphasis on solus Christus and sola Scriptura.

His writings were deeply influential to the Separatists who settled New England.

REF: ESTC S115716. HID 03401242017; Tim Challies blog article August 18, 2013; Puritan Portraits: J. I. Packer Christian Focus; Revised edition edition (September 20, 2012); LCCN 2005565013

Title: Complete Works of William Perkins (1558–1602). Three Volumes, Complete

Author Name: Perkins, William Perkins (1558–1602)


Publisher: England, John Legate & Cantrell Ledgge, Printer to the University of Cambridge: 1609, 1612 & 1619

Binding: Half-Leather

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: None Issued

Type: Book

Seller ID: 012130

Keywords: Early English Books; Puritans; Separatists; Calvinism; Theology; Reformed Theology.,