London: for Henry Mortlock, 1685. First Edition. Folio, 32cm. Early mottled calf boards, sympathetically rebacked with new spine label; , lxxiii, , 364 pp. A catalog of the author's works appears following the table of contents. A crisp, attractive copy, the text fresh and firm. Armorial bookplate to front pastedown of Charles Spooner, (d. 1767), Anglo-Irish mezzotint engraver; later (20th c.) engraved bookplate of I.G. Schorsch.
Stillingfleet (1635-1699), Bishop of Worcester, was a prolific (and strident) apologist for the Church of England. The Origines Britannicae, like a number of Stillingfleet's other works, examined the sources of British church history to develop a distinctly English Christian tradition severed from the influence of Rome. Origines Britannicae was reprinted as late as 1710, and Stillingfleet's somewhat ahistorical views on the origins of British Christianity remained influential well into the 18th century (DNB).