Simply one of the finest sets of books we have ever had the pleasure of having on the shelves. Ten volumes in the best quality divinity calf with raised bands, polished leather, contrasting maroon morocco labels, marbled endpapers, etc., and just so nicely preserved it's hard to believe they weren't published, bound, and packaged away to preserve for the future.
Jeremy Taylor [1613-1667] was one of the most influential divines of the 17th century. He spent several years in prison during the tumult of the Civil War and then became private chaplain to Richard Vaughan at the mansion known as Golden Grove. It was here Taylor penned his still classic devotional work of the same name. His Discourse on the Liberty of Prophesying [i.e. preaching] was much-loved among all classes of ministers as demonstrating that Scripture, conscience and the Church [of Jesus, not the Church-State] should be the guides of the pulpit without interference from the government. His Rules and Exercises for Holy Living and its accompanying Rules and Exercises for Holy Dying are devotional classics. They have been in constant print since the 17th century, were much loved by the Methodists and by just about every pietist or revivalist movement since. These works were nearly required reading among John Wesley and his Methodists.
Taylor, Jeremy. The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., Lord Bishop of Down, Connor, and Cromore: With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings by the Right Rev. Reginald Heber of Calcutta. Revised and Corrected by Charles Page Eden. In Ten Volumes. London. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman. 1859. Nearly 7,000pp.
Includes: The Divine Institution of the Ministerial Office; Discourse of Friendship; Rules and Advices to the Clergy; Dissuasive from Popery; The Presence of Christ in the Sacrament; The Rules of Conscience; The Life of Jesus; The Rules and Exercises of Holy Living; The Rules and Exercises of Holy Dying; A Vindication of the Glory of the Divine Attributes in the Question of Original Sin; The Golden Grove and Festival Hymns; Sermons; The Liberty of Prophesying; The Worthy Communicant; etc. etc. etc.