London: Printed for Tho. Northcott, in George-yard in Lombard-street. 1697. 1st edition (European Americana 697/188; McAlpine IV:p. 576; Sabin 103655 & 85363n; Smith 2, p. 902; Wing W1889). , xi, , 268,  pp. 8vo: A - S^8 (-S8, presumed a blank). 6-5/8" x 4-1/8" 19th C half sheep over marbled paper boards. General binding wear, with spine darkened. Front joint leather split, with board held by cords. Period ownership signature of Thomas Knight, with his extensive marginalia throughout. Usual browning & staing to paper, with L3 having a flaw costing a few letters. Withal, About Very Good. Item #39850
Whitehead, an early Quaker leader, responds to three 1697 anti-Quaker works by the Irish cleryman, Charles Leslie [1650 - 1722], The SNAKE In The GRASS, SATAN DIS-ROB’D From His DISGUISE Of LIGHT, & A DISCOURSE PROVING The DIVINE INSTITUTION Of WATER-BAPTISM, and in doing so, provides mentions of the Quakers in America, including Penn's Pennsylvania colony.
The work also also includes verbiage by Whitehead defending the right of women to preach, if they are so inspired, responding to Leslie, "We do not institute Womens Preachings as he saith, but leave them free to the Gift and Call of God." Etc.
A desirable copy, with much period marginalia, worthy of additional study.
A work scarce in the trade, with ABPC & AmEx showing no copies at auction these past 30+ years.