BURNET, Gilbert. Some Passages of the Life & Death of the Right Honourable John Earl of Rochester, who died the 26th. of July, 1680. Written by his own direction on his Death-bed. By Gilbert Burnet, D.D.


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Dublin: Reprinted by Joseph Ray at College-Green, for William Winter at the Wandring Jew in Castle-street, and Eliphal Dobson on Cork-Hill, 1681. Small quarto. pp. 63, [1]. Modern half red morocco on matching marbled boards. Repair to margins of some leaves. Early notes on final blank. A good copy of an extremely rare printing.
COPAC with 4 locations only. Wing B 5923. Sweeney 762.
Some Passages of the Life and Death of the Honourable John Wilmot Earl of Rochester, was published by Reverend Burnet. Because this account appears in Burnet’s own writing, its accuracy has been disputed by some scholars, who accuse Burnet with having shaped the account of Rochester’s denunciation of libertinism to enhance his own reputation. On the other hand, Graham Greene, in his biography of Wilmot, calls Burnet’s book “convincing”.


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