A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes in This Country Contrasted with Real Christianity.

WILBERFORCE William (1797.)


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Third Edition, but the first one printed in Ireland. 8vo. A few leaves curled at corners but overall a very fresh and unsophisticated copy bound in contemporary Irish calf, spine divided into seven compartments by a single gilt filet, red morocco label to spine (covers lightly chipped, label chipped and slightly rumpled). x, [2], 354, [18] pp. Dublin, Robert Dapper for B. Dugdale ...,

This edition, the first edition printed on Irish soil, was preceded by two London editions. This copy includes nine unpaginated leaves consisting of an index and advertisements called for but not always present. The work appeared in 18 English editions before 1830 and was translated into French and Spanish in the same period which testifies to the enduring popularity of the work.

A fresh unsophisticated copy of the first Irish edition of "Wilberforce's own personal testimony" (ODNB). The immediately successful work is an important exposition of the principles driving evangelical Christians many of whom, like Wilberforce, worked tirelessly for abolition.

In the Practical view,"Wilberforce expounded his interpretation of New Testament teachings as a basis for a critique of the lukewarm and inadequate practice of Christianity he observed around him. He called for religious revival as an essential means of reversing national moral decline. Despite its unfashionable theme and diffuse and discursive style, the book was extensively read and very influential ... It was both a 'the manifesto of the evangelical party of the time' and Wilberforce's own personal testimony, which provided a powerful rationalization of his philanthropic and political exertions over the preceding decade ... One of the key reasons for the success of the Practical view was that it's call for national spiritual and moral renewal could be read in broad Anglican as well as specific evangelical terms" (ODNB).

Provenance: 1. Sam W. Handy, signature dated 17 April 1790 to the head of the title-page. 2. Dorthea W. Th[?], early signature to the title-page.

Stock Code: 62633

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