The Whole Duty of Man, Laid down In a Plain and Familiar Way for the Life of All, but especially the Meanest Reader. Divided into XVII. Chapters;
The Whole Duty of Man is an English "High Church" devotional work, first published by the anonymous author, with an introduction by Henry Hammond, in 1658. It was both popular and influential for two centuries. The consensus view of modern scholars is that the likely author was Richard Allestree, but at the time of its publication towards the end of the Interregnum, when Cromwell ruled, the High Church tradition it represents was a politically dangerous position. The authorship was well concealed, and it has been noted that the work has been attributed to at least 27 people.
Publisher: Tim. Garthwait
Date Published: 1669
Place Published: London
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: , 474,  p. 16 cm. Engraved frontispiece and title page. Full leather with blank impressing. Respined and corners repaired. Hinges repaired internally, ink signature on front free endpaper. Tear in p. 143, repaired edges to last two printed leaves. Pp. 167-8 missing, 215-6 misbound between pp. 194-5, 223-34 and 363-88 missing.