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The Decalogue Explain'd, in thirty-two discourses on the Ten Commandments

HORNYOLD, John (1744)

£280.00  [First Edition]

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, in Thirty-Two Discourses on the Ten Commandments. By J------ H-----, C. A-D. S.

First Edition. 8vo. [Text: 190 x 113 mm]. [viii], 406 [2 (advertisements)] pp. Lightly browned throughout, occasional minor stains. Contemporary mottled calf (surface of the leather damaged by the mottling fluid; upper joint cracked but firm).

London: for the Author, and Sold by F. Needham, 1744.

Blom 1461. The first of six 18th century editions - one other was printed in London (1750), three in Dublin (1746, 1751, 1770), and one in Liverpool (1791); all are scarce/rare. The latest edition, in conjunction with The Sacraments Explain’d (1st edition, 1747) seems to have been printed at Baltimore [1858?]. 

ESTC/Blom record copies at Aberdeen UL, Birmingham UL, British Library, Downside, Farm Street, Heythrop College; Duke UL, Kansas UL, Newberry Library, St Louis UL, Texas UL. 

“In 1739 Hornyold became chaplain to Mary, the widow of Thomas Giffard of Chillington, Brewood, Staffordshire, who lived in the dower house, called Longbirch, from 1718 until her death in 1754.” (ODNB). He was Vicar Apostolic of the Midland district from December 1756. As Gillow noted: “This was so generally approved of,” says Bishop Milner, “that he received something like official thanks from Oxford for the publication.”

Provenance: “J. Marmaduke, Bookseller, at the Holy-Lamb in Vere-street, Clare Market, London. SELLS
Books and Stationary Wares at the lowest Prices; and lends to read at Two Shillings and Six Pence the Quarter.
Where may be had all Sorts of Catholick Books.”, letterpress label [77 x 125 mm] on the front pastedown (the
address altered in manuscript on a pasted-on slip]. Marmaduke was moderately active as a bookseller/publisher
at various addresses in the West End from c. 1746 to 1777 but this address does not appear on any of his imprints. Signature on the front pastedown “Jno. Robinson 22 March 1744./5”. Joseph Gillow with his signature and a brief ink note referring to his Biographical Dictionary.

Stock Code: 61791