Oxford: at the theatre, 1667. (12), 224 pp., frontis. Bound With: THE ART OF CONTENTMENT. Oxford: At the Theatre, 1689. (8), 214, (4)pp. Frontis. Bound with: THE LIVELY ORACLES GIVEN TO US ... the third edition. Oxford: At the Theatre, 1679. (8), 226, (2). Frontis. Vol II. THE CAUSES OF THE DECAY OF CHRISTIAN PIETY ... London: Robert Pawlett, 1683. (8), 450, (2) pp. +2 plates. Vol. III. THE GENTLEMAN'S CALLING. London: George Pawlet, 1687. pp. (20), 166, (2)., with added engraved title-page. Bound with: THE LADIES CALLING, in two parts. The fifth impression. Oxford: at the theatre, 1677. pp. (24),270,(2). Frontispiece. Vol. IV. THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN ... London: George Pawlet, 1691. pp. (28), 504, (8). With frontis. and added engraved title-page. The 7 works bound in four. Bound in uniform paneled calf (ca. 1700), ornately gilt, rubbed along the spines, a very good set. Wing A1137; A1092; A1152; A1107; A1129; A1145; A1189. See also Halkett and Laing and Aresty & Heltzel. Item #20027
Aresty notes: "Next to Peacham and Braithwaite, Richard Allestree was probably the third most important conduct guide for 17th century gentlemen. In The Gentleman's Calling, 1660, he dealt almost exclusively with the gentleman's spiritual needs and dwelt on the responsibilities of fortunate birth. " Allestree argued that the gifts of wealth and breeding were meant to be shared and the possessor was merely the lucky conduit through which they passed. He goes on to note that leisure should be used by the gentleman in "preventing or curing spiritual maladies."[See Aresty p.95-96].