The goodly Cedar of Apostolick & Catholick Episcopacy, compared with the moderne Shoots & Slips of divided Novelties in the Church. before the Introduction of the Apostles Lives. Place this Figure at Page 1. 1675.The Church Catholick. Omnes enim illi valde posteriores sunt, quam Episcopi, quibus Apostoli tradiderunt Ecclesias. Trenaeus L4: adv. Haeeses: 29.
Etching and engraving; watermarked. Plate 280 x 323mm. 11 x 12¾". Fold as issued. Trimmed to the plate along left-hand edge.
A cedar tree representing the traditional episcopal church, inscribed on the trunk 'The Church Catholick', with two smaller shoots from the trunk labelled 'Presbytery' and 'Independency'; two men on ladders cutting away branches; to the side, two smaller trees being tended by various figures, with the inscriptions 'New, but not True, Plants' and 'These hold neither Root nor Order'. The main branches are inscribed with the names of the counties where episcopal Churches have flourished, and among the branches are labels bearing the names of the Churches, Apostles, Evangelists, and Fathers. British Museum states: This prints is in Cave's "Antiquitates Apostolicae," original edition, 1675.; this impression was probably prepared for a later issue.
BM Satires: 1997.
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