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John Price Antiquarian Books

   Books from the hand-press era
London: Printed for W. Innys [Part I]; Printed for Cornelius Crownfield and John Crownfield [Part II]; Printed for John Crownfield [Part III.]..., 1730, 1731, 1732. FIRST EDITION of all three parts. 8vo, 198 x 119 mms., pp. [iv], 96 [last page misnumbered 94]; [iv], 160; [iv], 123 [124 adverts], original boards, handwritten label in ink on spine, armorial bookplate of W. Wynne on front paste-down end-paper; binding a little soiled, but a very good copy. Wynne is probably William Wynn[e] (1709 - 1760), the Church of England Clergyman and Welsh-language poet, as the wording on the armorial book plate is in Welsh: "Ne bydd doeth Na Ddarllenno." The motto on the Cardiff Free Library is similar: "'Ni bydd doeth ni ddarlleno" (he who does not read will not be wise). Daniel Waterland (1683 - 1740) was one of many theologians and clerics who published a reply to Matthew Tindal's Christianity as Old as the Creation (1730). His argument that the Scriptures were represented in language that might appear simple and direct, but which had to be interpreted on other levels for its truths to be accurately revealed. There are a number of various locations in ESTC and other online databases for each part, but I could not find a listing for a volume with first editions of all three parts in the same volume. (Book ref. 7646)
London: Printed by Charles Say...For the Author, 1756. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo, 200 x 118 mms., pp. xvi, 383 [384 blank], including eight pages of subscribers, contemporary calf, red leather label, gilt "1" on spine; joints cracked (but firm), top and base of spine chipped, corners worn. Penn (1727 - 1800) published two more volumes with the same title in 1758 and 1762, but with different contents. Penn takes a more liberal attitude towards the growth of deism and free-thinking than some of his fellow clergyman, as is evident in "An Essay upon the Reasonableness of Free-Thinking Religious Matters, and The Weakness and Danger of relying upon Human Authority." (Book ref. 6946)
London, Printed for the Author, and Sold by His Son, Edward Goldney..., 1760. FIRST EDITION. 8vo (in 4s), 208 x 130 mms., pp. [ii], viii, iv, 160, engraved portrait of Duke of Cumberland preceding main body of text, contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt in compartments (but rubbed and dried); lacks labels rear joint cracked. UNIFORMLY BOUND WITH GOLDNEY (Edward): A Friendly Epistle to the Jews, and A Rational Prayer recommended to them, In order for their Conversion to to the Christian Religion. Humbly Dedicated To His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury. London, Printed for the Author, and Sold by His Son, Edward Goldney..., 1760. FIRST EDITION. 8vo (in 4s), 208 x 130 mms., pp. viii, 176, contemporary calf, spine ornately gilt in compartments (but rubbed and dried); lacks label, tops and baser of spine chipped, joints cracked (but firm). A serviceable set, with the armorial bookplate of Frederick Hastings Goldney on the front paste-down end-paper of each volume. ODNB notes that the the final years of the rabbi Aaron Hart "were made more wearisome by visits from Edward Goldney, who campaigned to convert Jews to Christianity and concentrated on the community's leaders...." (Book ref. 6835)
London: Printed by Edward Owen..., 1746. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo (in 4s), 185 x 105 mms., pp. 66; disbound. The title refers to a pamphlet usually attributed to Peter Annet, Deism Fairly Stated and Fully Vindicated (1746). The author of this pamphlet concludes that deism can neither be "fairly stated nor fully vindicated." (Book ref. 6665)
London: Printed for T. Cox..., 1742. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 8vo, lxxxiv, 175 [176 blank], recent plain grey boards, paper label on spine; title-page margins a little frayed and title-page slightly stained. . Warburton's Divine Legation of Moses (1738 - 1741) provoked a large number of responses, usually unfavourable from clerics who thought his argument that in the ancient Hebraic world, a "life after death" was not invoked as a mandate for virtuous living. Morgan, a deist, makes a number of ironic compliments to Warburton but more-or-less argues that he doesn't take his argument to its logical conclusion. (Book ref. 6083)
London: Printed by J. and E. Hodson...for Crosby & Co..., 1811. 12mo, pp. lxxii, 332 [333 - 336 adverts], engraved frontispiece, contemporary calf, gilt border on covers, gilt spine (slightly worn), black morocco label. A very good copy, from the Easton Neston Library, with library label for shelf mark and the armorial bookplate of Sir Thomas Hesketh, Bart., Rufford Hall Lancashire on the front paste-down end-paper. The Baptist John Evans (1767 - 1827) established a seminary in Islington; he published numerous works, of which this is probably the best-known. It was first published in 1795 as a shilling pamphlet and reached 15 editions before Evans's death. (Book ref. 5433)
London: Printed for the Author..., 1696. FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. 32, disbound. Stephens treats deism as a well-established principle and a pernicious influence on true Christian doctrine. Richard Willis wrote an immediate response to it in 1696, Reflexions upon a Pamphlet, intituled, An Account of the Growth of Deism in England. Stephen's work was reprinted, with several other works, in 1709. Wing S 5459. (Book ref. 4276)
London: Printed for J. Noon..., 1731. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. viii, 356, contemporary calf, cover borders ruled in bland, raised bands between gilt rules; lower front joint slightly cracked, top and base of spine very slightly chipped, corners slightly worn, but a very good copy. Foster's "answer" to Tindal's book was one of the best and most famous of the many attacks and replies that Christianity as Old as the Creation attracted; but in many ways Foster's argument is very close to Tindal's and accepts many deistic principles. (Book ref. 4062)
London: Printed for John Osborn and Tho. Longman..., 1726. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. xxxi [xxxii Contents], 488 [489 Errata, 490 adverts], slightly later 18th century panelled calf, morocco label; corners a little worn, but a very good copy. With the 20th century Ex Libris bookplate of John Raymond Capper on the recto of the front free end-paper and "Levenside" in an18th century hand on the front paste-down end-paper, possibly Levenside House near Dumbarton. The Trinitarian Controversy alluded to on the title-page had its most emphatic statement in the 18th century in Samuel Clarke's Scripture Doctrine of the Trinity, published in 1712. Morgan regards the concept of the trinity as unsubstantiated in the gospel and injurious to true religious principles. In this volume, he prints various "letters" to other authors engaged in the controversy, including John Cumming, Richard Blackmore, and Daniel Waterland. Another issue of this work in 1726 adds the names of S. Candler and S. Billingsley to the imprint. (Book ref. 3937)
London: Printed by Samuel Palmer...And Sold by B. Lintot..., 1726. 4to, pp. 219 [220 blank, 221 - 231 Index, 232 blank], engraved vignette of printer on title-page, 5 engraved head- and tail-pieces, contemporary speckled calf; front cover scored, top and base of front joint cracked. This is probably the fourth "edition" of this work, though the pagination and registration is the same as that of the 1725 printing. The work was first published in a "few copies" in 1722 and reprinted in 1724. Benjamin Franklin is generally agreed to have been compositor on the 1725 printing, but it is unlikely that he worked on this 1726 printing. (Book ref. 3655)
London: Printed for A. Millar..., 1749. Reprinted, Bristol: Thoemmes Antiquarian Books Ltd., 1990. 2 volumes. 8vo, pp. xiv, xxi [xxii blank, xxiii - lxii Contents], 343 [344 blank]; [iv], 416, original cloth. A fine set. (Book ref. 3073)