[1.] The Miraculous Conformist: or an account of severall marvailous cures performed by the stroaking of the hands of Mr Valentine Greatarick; with a physicall discourse thereupon, in a letter to the Honourable Robert Boyle Esq… Oxford: Printed by H. Hall…for Ric. Davis. 1666. [Bound after:]
[2.] [LLOYD, David.] Wonders no Miracles; or, Mr. Valentine Greatrates gift of healing examined, upon the occasion of a sad effect of his stroaking, March the 7. 1665, at one Mr. Cressets house in Charter-House Yard. London: Printed for Sam. Speed… 1666.

2 works in 1 volume, 4to. [1:] pp. (vi), 44 [i.e. 40]. Title within double-ruled border. Paper slightly browned, small burn-hole in C2 neatly repaired just touching a few letters. [2:] 1 leaf, 46 pages. With the famous engraving (backed) by Faithorne from Greatrakes’ A brief account (1666) showing him stroking the head of a boy inserted as a frontispiece. Title within single-ruled border. Paper somewhat browned. The two works bound together in 19th century dark blue morocco (extremities rubbed), gilt edges. Provenance: a family copy, with the fine coloured bookplate of Rev. Pierce W. Drew (1799–1885) on front free endpaper and another on pastedown; manuscript notes on inserted blank leaves at the end (see below).

SOLE EDITIONS, the first defending Valentine Greatrakes and the second attacking him. An Irish country gentleman of English descent, Valentine Greatrakes (1629–1683) achieved enormous fame in Ireland when he became convinced that he had the power of healing by stroking affected parts with his hands. Reports of his cures brought him a vast number of patients during the years 1662–1666. In that year he went to England where he found fame and notoriety in equal measure. In February 1666 Henry Stubbe wrote The Miraculous Conformist, an ingenious defence of Greatrakes’ healing powers, with an attempt to explain medically their cause and character, but David Lloyd’s Wonders no Miracles, written three weeks later, is a bitter personal attack on Greatrakes, who immediately published his A Brief account in his own defence. On the recto of the frontispiece and on two blank leaves at the end of this copy are manuscript family trees with Greatrakes at the top and Rev. Drew at the end. Drew, who lived at Youghal, a few miles from Greatrakes’ home in Ireland, has written “The Powers and the Drews are now the only lineal descendants of Valentine Greatrakes existing…” Offered with this copy is a copy of The Handbook for Youghal, [by Samuel Hayman], (Youghal: J. W. Lindsay, 1852, 96 pages, original printed wrappers), bearing owner inscriptions of Rev. Drew and featuring a section on Greatrakes on p. 51. Wing S6062 and L2649. Norman catalogue 2031 and 1378. Hunter & Macalpine pp. 178–181. Madison, The life of…Robert Boyle, pp. 123–127.


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