12mo, pp. [iv], 180, [6, ads] + woodcut frontispiece. Several woodcut illustrations within the text. Contemporary sheep, ruled in blind. Browned, some small marks and stains, some edges slightly worn. Leather darkened and a little worn, endpapers sometime renewed, hinges cracked. Bookplate of Sylvia W. Murray to front pastedown.
The rare second, expanded edition of this theological tract issued by the popularising publisher Nathaniel Crouch, attributed to Thomas Wilcox (1622-1687), though the preface 'To the Reader', signed 'T.W.' in the 1676 first edition, is signed 'G.D.' in this one (despite the text being identical). The 84 pages of the 'Guide' in its first edition (which was followed by a dozen leaves of hymns not carried over to this edition) are condensed by smaller type to just 29 here, and the remaining 150 pages of other tracts are new to this printing. The later editions (of which there were at least 8 before 1760) mostly follow this version. ESTC locates just two copies of this edition, at the Folger and Yale, and none of the others at any more than a handful of locations (though there are also copies in the BL and Oxford).