334pp. 1683. Full leather binding, with half of spine detached (see images). Some wear to edges and front and back of cover. Front cover is only loosely attached to text block, back cover is more securely attached and internally the pages are more firmly bound. Faint notations to FFEPs in gold ink, also name and notes written at top of title page, partly crossed out - see images. Pages 111-136 have a small faint water stain to bottom right hand corner of pages. Page 130 has a few black marks. A few dog-eared pages. Text is free from annotation. Overall good condition with signs of wear and use commensurate with age.
// Full title: A Dissertation Concerning the Government of the Ancient Church by Bishops, Metropolitans, and Patriarchs. Concerning the ancient Power and Jurisdiction of the Bishops of Rome, and the Encroachments of that upon other Sees, especially the See of Constantinople.
William Cave (1637-1713) received his DD at Oxford and is an important Historican of the Church in 17th-century Britain. This book represents one of his many contributions to the study of the history of the Church.
Contents: The State of the Church-Government, and Power of the Roman Bishops until the Council of Nice; The Government of the Church, and Power of the Bishops of Romae, as "tis represented in the Canons of the Nicene Council; The Extent of the Bishop"s of Rome"s Jurisdiction considered as a Metropolitan; An Enquiry into the Rise and Original of Patriarchs in the Christian Church; The Bounds of the Roman Patriarchate; The Encroachments of the See of Rome upon other Sees, especially the See of Constantinople.