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Charles Villers

An Essay On The Spirit And Influence Of The Reformation Of Luther

MILL,James.[translator] Villers,Charles.

An Essay on the Spirit and Influence of the Reformation of Luther: the Work which obtained the Prize on the question proposed in 1802, by the National Institute of France; With a Sketch of the History of the Church, from its Founder to the Reformation; Intended as an Appendix to the Work by Charles Villers. Translated, and Illustrated with Copious Notes, by James Mill, Esq. London, C and R Baldwin 1805

Octavo, contemporary half calf, red morocco label, pp.[2], x, 490, ownership in ink on title of John Cliffe and at head of preface dated 1811, and first page of text, an excellent copy

First Edition in English. In the preface Mill states that the subject attracted his interest as proof of liberality of view on the part of an assembly belonging to a Roman Catholic country. The work was an unsparing display of the vices of the papal system, and an impartial view of the blessings of the Reformation. Mill adds copious notes, embracing quotations from English authors as well as observations of his own.

Bain, James Mill. A biography. pp.51-52.


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