STANYHURST, William. Veteris Hominis per Expensa Quatuor Novissima Metamorphosis et novi Genesis. Auctore R.P. Guilielmo Stanihursto, Societatis Iesu. With plates.


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Antwerp: Typis Cornelii Woons, 1670. Octavo. pp. [xxxii], 338, [8 (Index)]. Engraved half title. Contemporary full vellum with yapp edges. Previous owner’s signature on half-title, with note in top margin of titlepage. A very good copy. Extremely rare.
No copy of this edition located on COPAC. Sweeney 4820 cites the 1661 edition. The 1st of four Walsh printings - 530.
The son of Richard Stanyhurst, he was born at Brussels where he joined the Jesuits and lived out his life on the continent acquiring a fine reputation as a preacher in both English and Dutch. He served for thirty years as director of the “Grande congrégation de la Ste Vièrge” at Louvain. Benignus Millet in the Oxford New History of Ireland characterised him as “an eclectic and a populariser, with little originality of thought.” However his books, usually in small format, often went through many editions and those which have come to my attention are pretty pieces of printing.


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