1787-8 The Death of Abel The Life of Jesus Christ The Holy War, Made by Shaddai Upon Diabolus, For the Regaining of the Metropolis of the World; or, the Losing and Taking Again of the Town of Mansoul
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'The Death of Abel' is the second edition of this work, published in 1788. However this does not appear to be a true second edition, as the first English edition translated by Mrs. Collier was published in 1761, and, as seen on ESTC, there were many editions published between the first in 1761, and this edition in 1788. The work is, however, the second edition published by M. Brown in Newcastle, who published their first edition of the work in 1787. ESTC citation number T201289. This is a scarce edition. Collated, complete.
'The Life of Jesus Christ' was published in 1788. This is a very scarce work, with no records of it on ESTC or on Jisc.
'The Holy War' was published in 1787. ESTC citation number N17425. Text is continuous despite the pagination. Collated, complete.
'The Death of Abel' is illustrated with a frontispiece.
'The Holy War' is illustrated with a frontispiece.
'The Death of Abel' is a detailed description of the biblical story of the brothers Cain and Abel.
'The Holy War' is a novel about the fictitious town 'Mansoul', a perfect town, which sees its inhabitants rebelling and trying to overthrow their ruler.
'The Death of Abel' was originally written in German by Salomon Gessner, and is translated here into English by Mrs. Collier. Gessner was a Swiss painter, and poet.
'The Life of Jesus Christ' was written by William Craig, who was one of the ministers of Glasgow.
'The Holy War' was written by John Bunyan, who is best known for 'The Pilgrim's Progress'.
Prior owner's ink inscription to the frontispiece of 'Death of Abel', 'See page 106'. Prior owner has obscured the line 'in five books' to the title page with ink, the ink has offset onto the frontispiece and smudged.
In a full calf binding. Externally, the front board is detached but present, and the rear joint is cracked. Rubbing to the boards and spine. Discolouration and marks to the boards and spine. A small amount of loss to the head and tail of the spine, heavier to the spine. A little bumping to the extremities. A small amount of loss to the front joint, with some lifting of leather. Two surface cracks to the spine, to the head and tail. Rear hinge is strained. Prior owner's pencil inscription to the recto to the front endpaper. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are age-toned with the odd spot and odd handling mark. Small closed tear to the tail of the frontispiece of 'The Death of Abel', not affecting image. Small puncture marks to the gutter of 'The Holy War'.
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