12mo, pp. [viii], 250 including engraved title-page. Final blank leaves discarded. Early calf, front board ruled in blind with a central gilt floral stamp. Light toning and some soiling, a bit of wear to edges of first few leaves, a short wormtrail in lower margin. Rebacked and rear board recovered, 19th-century morocco label preserved on spine, front flyleaf sometime renewed. Ownership inscription of Hubert G. Norman (dated 1938) and L.A. Shapiro to front flyleaf, that of William Riley (dated 1916) to rear flyleaf, with the verso also covered in early pen trials (among them the name John Littleton).
The scarce third, expanded edition of a work originally published as 'Essays, morall and theological' in 1609 and then under this title in 1629. Daniel Tuvill (d. 1660) published several works, often dedicated to members of prominent families such as the Montagus or Spencers; most of them 'were conduct-book literature inspired by the works of Francis Bacon, Montaigne, and Stefano Guazzo, among others, and were heavily reliant on secondary reading for their citations of classical and patristic works' (ODNB). ESTC locates only 4 copies outside the UK (Folger, Harvard, Huntington, NYU), and 7 copies at 5 locations (BL, Dulwich, Oxford, Thomas Plume's, and Private Collection) within.