Item 39 - The Constitutions and Canons of the Holy Apostles, edited by John Russell

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Crewe MS/39


The Constitutions and Canons of the Holy Apostles, edited by John Russell


  • 1753–60 (Creation)

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1 volume (33 x 22 cm), containing 386 leaves and a few stubs. Bound in leather.

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The writer is identified on the title-page as ‘John Russell M.A. Rector of Stoke next Guildford in the County of Surrey’. The heraldic ‘garb’ of Robert, Marquess of Crewe, is stamped on the front.

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Half-title, title, preface, and commentary on ‘The Constitutions of the Holy Apostles’, mostly in Russell’s hand, interspersed with annotated leaves from the second volume of William Whiston’s Primitive Christianity Reviv’d (1711), containing the text of the ‘Constitutions’ in Greek and English. Russell’s edition was not published. Folio 383 is part of a legal document dated 24 Feb. 1753, containing the names of Russell and Richard Ketchaside braced to the word ‘Teams’, followed by a list of labourers and the name of a constable. The date 1755 appears at the foot of the title-page and the date March 1757 is mentioned on f. 384r. On a label on the spine is stamped: ‘The Constitutions and Canons of the Apostles. Edited by the Rev. John Russell 1760. Original MS.’

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Foliated 1–384, with an unnumbered flyleaf at the beginning and another at the end. There are unnumbered stubs between ff. 364 and 365 where leaves have been torn out.

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  • English
  • Greek

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