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General History of the Christian Church

WALMESLEY Charles (1771)

£350.00  [First Edition]

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from her birth to her final triumphant state in Heaven, chiefly deduced from the Apocalypse of St. John the Apostle. By Sig. Pastorini. First Edition. 8vo. [Text: 201 x 120 mm]. [2], xxvi, 589, [1 (errata)] pp. Modern calf.

[London: by J. P. Coghlan] in the Year 1771.

ESTC/Blom lists + copies in UK including this copy; American Baptist Historical Soc., Boston College, W. A. Clark Library, Johns Hopkins, McMaster, Newberry Library, NYPL, Southern Methodist, Union Theological Seminary, Texas in North America.

Charles Walmesley (1722-97) was appointed Vicar Apostolic of the Western division in 1770. He was a talented mathematician and “his own passion for Newtonian science was reflected in his most popular work, The General History of the Christian Church … by Sig. Pastorini (1770), a commentary on the book of Revelation which secured his gloomy prophecies about the future on a foundation of Newtonian theory.” (ODNB).

“It was variously received, according to the various temper and disposition of it’s Readers. Some did not hesitate to treat it with ridicule, as the production of a weak and visionary mind: Others attacked it by objections of different kinds, none of which seem to carry with them very considerable weight: But! The Generality formed a very favourable opinion of it, and read it with equal Satisfaction and Edification” (Preface to the 1798 edition). In the 18th Century it was reprinted five times (Wigan 1782, Dublin 1790, 1794 & 1800 and, with additions, London 1798 – all these are very rare) and it was much reprinted in the 19th Century with a 5th American edition at New York in 1851, and was translated into French, Italian and Latin.

Provenance: Deleted signature on the title “Ric. Kendal”. John Gillow, of Salwick Hall, Lancashire, with his small ink crest stamp (a horse bridled and saddled passant) with name “J. Gillow” on a preserved flyleaf and his signature on the title; by descent to his grandson Joseph Gillow, with ink inscription on a preserved flyleaf “This book belonged to my Grandfather John Gillow, of Elswick Grange & Salwick Hall. Joseph Gillow Jr.”.

Stock Code: 61989