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THE GENUINE EPISTLES OF THE APOSTOLICAL FATHERS S. Barnabas, S. Ignatius, S. Clement, S. Polycarp, the Shepherd of Hermas, and the matyrdoms of St. Ignatius and St. Polycarp, written by those who were present at their sufferings.


An interesting provenance and a direct connection between William Wake and the diarist and writer John Evelyn. ‘During a period of convalescence after illness [Wake] produced a translation of the Genuine Epistles of the Apostolic Fathers, which was published in 1693. Although reprinted twice, this was not a work of original scholarship but of popularization, making available to English readers texts which helped to demonstrate that the Church of England in all respects comes the nearest up to the primitive pattern of any Christian Church at this Day in the World’ (Genuine Epistles, vi). [ODNB] Evelyn heard Wake preach several times between 1687 and 1691 and noted in his Diary on the 19th March 1687 ‘din’d with the Bishop [Dr Ken of Bath & Wells], & that young, most learned, pious & excellent Preacher Mr. Wake at Dr. Tenisons, who invited me: In the After-noone, I went to heare Mr. Wake, at the New-built Church St Anns [Soho].’ Probably, therefore, it was natural that Evelyn would acquire a copy of the Genuine Epistle and have it bound for his library. Provenance: From the library of John Evelyn, with his ink markings on endpapers, and noted as such in pencil by Robert Hayhurst beneath his bookplate, with a further booksellers note that Hayhurst probably attended the sale of Evelyn’s library at Christies in 1977. OCLC: 20290233.