A superb Puritan exposition of the Shorter Catechism for the use of ministers and in the home and the most popular catechistical guide during the time of the Great Migration, including the copy owned by Myles Standish!
An excellent dealing with the whole range of need, including then current theological controversies all the way to cases of conscience, dealing with doubt, etc,. His catechism was the puritan articulation of the Common Prayer in the day, but is now rarely seen for sale.
Spurgeon called Mayer [1583-1664], "Old Master Mayer." It took Spurgeon many years to complete his set of the works of Mayer. Even 250 years after its authorship, Spurgeon still declared Mayer's commentaries as "one of the fullest and best of learned English commentaries . . ." and expressed fears "that he will be forgotten."
Rare on the market. No copies at auction since 1981 and no copies available for direct sale at the time of cataloguing. It went through many editions quite early on, but they were used daily in homes, etc., and thus were uncommon survivors.
Mayer, John. The English Catechisme Explained. Or, A Commentarie on the Short Catechise set forth in the Book of Common Prayer. Wherein Divers Necessarie Questions Touching the Christian Faith are Inserted, Modern Controversies Handled, Doubts Resolved, and Many Cases of Conscience Cleared. Profitable for Ministesr in their Churches, for Schoole-Masters in their Schooles, and for Housholders in their Families. The Fifth Edition Corrected, Recorded, and in Many Things which were before Wanting, Supplyed by the Author. London. Printed for Miles Flesher for John Marriot. M DC XXXV . 678pp.
A good working copy; spine cover lacking, boards heavily rubbed. Blank ffep and rfeps absent. Remarkable, all else present and in good working order. Worthy of some binding attention at some point, but still usable as is.