A Brief View and Survey of the Dangerous and Pernicious Errors to Church and State in Mr. Hobbes's Book, entitled LEVIATHAN The second impresson.
Oxon: Printed at the Theater, 1676. The second edition of this critique of Leviathan. Full leather. The boards are contemporary blind stamped calf. The spine has been sympathetically replaced in a period style by Temple bookbinders of Oxford. Engraved frontispiece with quotation from Ovid - Resoluta catenis etc: "The Prize and cause of our labour" (in a smirk of history, this later became the motto of Burnley Football Club). Ownership signature of Baron Pretyman to the title page and rear inside board. Decorative headpiece and initial letter to the beginning of the preface and the introduction. This is Clarendon's attack on Hobbes's great work. It is ironic that probably the largest printing run of Leviathan would later be from the Clarendon Press. *4, A-Z4, Aa-Rr4, S1. (S2 is blank). 322 pp.
The spine is new and immaculate - the boards are firm and in good condition, with just a little rubbing to the edges. To the inside board, an early bookplate has been obliterated - presumably by a later owner. Signature of Baron Pretyman to the title page - further signature to the rear end paper. There are a number of notes to the inside board, which have been comprehensively eradicated to as to be impossible to read. Otherwise, the book is in very nice, clean condition, with just a touch of foxing to some pages.
Baron Pretyman, born in 1704, was from Bacton in Suffolk. He attended Caius College, Cambridge - where he purchased this book in 1730. He was later at Middle Temple. According to Venn, "Alumni Cantabrigiensis" (V.1 pt III) he comprehensively dissipated the family fortune. He died in 1758.