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New College Library Rare Books feature in Divinity Inaugural Lecture

The Practice of Piety  / Lewis Bayly, 1672. New College Library  DPL 912

The Practice of Piety / Lewis Bayly, 1672. New College Library DPL 912

The Redemption of Time / John Wade, 1692. New College Library F7 b1

The Redemption of Time / John Wade, 1692. New College Library F7 b1

Today Professor Susan Hardman Moore, Professor of Early Modern Religion, will deliver her inaugural lecture entitled ‘Time’ at 2pm. Professor Hardman-Moore’s lecture features a number of seventeenth century rare books from the New College Library collections, which will be on display in the Funk Reading Room after the lecture between 3-4.30pm.

The titles include John Wade’s  The Redemption of Time (1692) and the The Practice of Piety (1672) by Lewis Bayly. The Practice of Piety is part of the recently catalogued Dumfries Presbytery Library, and is inscribed Ex Libris Johannes Hutton, identifying it as part of the original bequest of 1500 volumes from Dr John Hutton.

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  1. Nanette Graham
    June 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I have discovered a copy of The Practice of Piety in an estate of my families. It must have been brought to Australia from Scotland in the late 1800’s. It is leather bound has a red wax seal on the front page and someone has written the date 1665 on it .
    Can you help me determine how old it really is ?

    • June 17, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Dear Nanette,
      The very first edition of The Practice of Piety was printed in 1611 and it was a popular work which went through many editions in subsequent years. Can you see a publication date on the title page of your edition, perhaps at the foot of the page next to the publisher information?
      With best wishes,
      Christine Love-Rodgers

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