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    Printed by Benjamin Franklin

    [Benjamin Franklin, printer]. Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, with the Scripture Proofs at Large Together with the Sum of Saving Knowledge (Contained in the Holy Scriptures, and held forth in the said Confession and Catechisms) and Practical Use thereof; Covenants National and Solemn League, Acknowledgment of Sins and Engagements to Duties, Directories, Form of Church Government, &c. of Public-Authority in the Church of Scotland. With Acts of Assembly and Parliament, relative to, and approbative of the same. Philadelphia: printed and sold by B. Franklin, 1745.

    Octavo. 567 pages, with an additional 24 unnumbered pages comprising "A Table of the Chief Matters Contained in the Confession of Faith and Larger Catechisms."

    Contemporary full calf over boards. Cracking to the leather. Crumbling to the front and rear pastedowns. Some loss to the rear free endpaper as well as the final page of text, affecting some text. Inked name of previous owners on front endpapers. Inked notation from a previous owner on a blank page (page 524), commemorating the dates of a family marriage and birth. Overall, a very good copy.

    Benjamin Franklin was commissioned by the Philadelphia Synod to print this edition of the Westminster Confession of Faith. "This first American publication of the Confession, with the larger catechism and brief sum of Christian Doctrine added, was done in Boston, by S. Kneeland for D. Henchman in 1723, from Rothwell's London edition of 1658. [Benjamin Franklin] used as his copy text the Thomas Lumisden of John Robertson edition of Edinburgh, 1728, which with its completed 'canon' and accurate texts based on William Dunlop's edition of 1719 represented the norm of Scottish editions" (Miller).

    Miller, Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia Printing, 371. Sabin, 15445.


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