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If this isn’t the best title ever, it’s gotta be close to it: the (1693) second English edition of Lewis Ellies du Pin’s, A New History of Ecclesiastical Writers: Containing an Account of the Authors of Several Books of the Old and New Testament; Of the Lives and Writings of the Primitive Fathers; An Abridgement and Catalog of their Works; Their Various Editions, and Censures Determining the Genuine and Spurious. Together with a Judgment upon their Style and Doctrine. Also, a Compendious History of the Councils; With Chronological Tables of the Whole.

A close second might go to du Pin’s other book, A New Ecclesiastical History of the Sixteenth Century: Containing an Impartial Account of the Reformation of Religion and other Ecclesiastical Affairs. Especially the Rise and Progress of the Doctrines of Luther, Calvin, Zuinglius, &c. Together with the Lives and Writings of the Ecclesiastical Authors Who Flourished in that Time.

They say you can’t tell a book by its cover. But sometimes, you can.

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