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A New Universal History of the Rites, Ceremonies and Customs of the Whole World: Or, a Complete and Impartial View of All the Religions in the Various Nations of the Universe.

By William Hurd

1780 - London - Alexander Hogg

14.5" by 9.5" , (iv) 1704pp [xiipp index]

 
 


 

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A scarce early edition of Hurd's brilliant work on comparative religion and obscure religious practices, in leather binding. Contains sixty engraved plates, matching the collation of the 1780 edition.

'Both antient and Modern, from the Creation down to the present Time'.

Featuring fifty-nine copper engraved plates, collated as missing its frontispiece, 'most elegantly designed and engraved then any usually given with periodical publications' depicting all manner of religious rites and ceremonies from all over the world. From designs by Walker, Collyer, Taylor and others.

'And to make the whole as superb and masterly as possible, a great number of ornamental borders are added by an eminent hand'.

Containing 'curious, instructive and entertaining particulars...a variety of new and interesting matter relative to the manners and customs of all nations, not to be found in any other work', as well as a full and authentic account of the life and progress, including the ancient and present state of all known religions at this time.

'Comprehending also a genuine and circumstantial description of all the most material lesser sects, parties, heresies and religious opinions since the first promulgation of Christianity, and likewise the ecclesiastical laws and history concerning every religion'.

'Designed to form a complete family library. Including the whole body of divinity, according to the different religious usages in every part of the known world. Calculated for Christians of all denominations; and illustrated by quotations from the most celebrated authors'.

A fascinating work of history, sociology and religion.

CONDITION

In calf binding. Rebacked preserving the original boards. Externally, there is wear to the original boards. Internally, the pages are firmly bound and are generally bright and clean throughout, though there are instances of spotting and offsetting, particularly to the illustrations and endpages. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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