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    An Attractively Bound Copy of a
    1760 Franklin and Hall Imprint

    [Franklin Imprint]. William Law. An extract from a Treatise...called The Spirit of Prayer; or, The Soul rising out of the Vanity of Time, into the Riches of Eternity. Discovering the true Way of turning to God, and of finding the Kingdom of Heaven the Riches of Eternity in our Souls. Philadelphia: Printed by B. Franklin, and D. Hall, 1760. Small squarish octavo (7.375 x 4.625 inches; 188 x 118 mm.). 47, [1, blank] pages. Signatures: A-C8.

    Bound by "Paul BĂ©lard - Relieur" (stamp-signed in gilt on front pastedown) in modern quarter maroon calf over color-printed marbled paper-covered boards. Maroon calf label on front board ruled and lettered in gilt. Smooth spine divided into six compartments by five gilt rules. Title browned at the edges from leather turn-ins of an earlier binding; text slightly browned; a few small stains and smudges. Title torn across and repaired with early (?) stitching, and stitched to following leaf as well; leaf A2 (pages 3/4) with small piece torn from upper margin and three-quarter-inch tear from top edge, just entering text (no loss); final leaf frayed and almost detached at gutter. A very good copy of this fragile pamphlet, in an attractive binding. Early ink ownership inscription on title-page: "William Brinton Jr. / his Book" (possibly the son of William Brinton, Junior (1670-1751), who in 1704, built the now restored Quaker home located in Delaware County near West Chester Pennsylvania).
    Curtis 146; ESTC W32231; Evans 8633; Hildeburn 1681; Miller 731; Sabin 39324.

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    Christin devotional writer William Law (1686-1761) was fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, until deprived of his fellowship as a Nonjuror at the accession of George I. His most famous work, published in 1728, was A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life. The simplicity of its teaching and its vigorous style soon established the work as a classic, which has probably has probably had more influence than any other Protestant spiritual book except [John] Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress [of 1678] (John Bowker, in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions). In the Spirit of Prayer (1750) and The Spirit of Love (1754) can be seen the influence of Law's study of the mystic Jakob Boehme.


    "The inclusion of this piece in a 'Collection of Devotional Tracts' (1760) along with the treatises of William Dell and John Rutty suggests that its printing was commissioned by the Society of Friends in Philadelphia. The work was first published in London, 1750" (Miller 731).


    "This volume-title is ascribed to the Franklin and Hall press on the evidence of the Caslon type used. Of the nine items listed on the title-page, the first, fifth, sixth, and seventh had previously been printed by BF and DH, all in Caslon type. The remainder had been printed by Christopher Saur, who owned no Caslon letter. Anthony Benezet, the well known Quaker schoolmaster in Philadelphia, assembled the collection during the spring of 1760 in a lot of 500 copies 'for those of a religious disposition'" (Miller 730, describing "A Collection of Devotional Tracts").

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