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1794 Philadelphia Imprint! MacGowan's Infernal Conference: Dialogues of Devils

1794 Philadelphia Imprint! MacGowan's Infernal Conference: Dialogues of Devils

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Two volumes in one. 334 pp.

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MacGowan, John. INFERNAL CONFERENCE: OR, DIALOGUES OF DEVILS. BY THE LISTENER. IN TWO VOLUMES.
Philadelphia: Stewart & Cochran, 1794. Two volumes in one. 334 pp. Early printing. This work was first published in 1772.

Original full calf, rebacked with later leather  spine. Ex Libris,: Call numbers on spine and bookplate of the Sondley Reference Library of Asheville, North Carolina purchased by Doug O'Dell of Chapel Hill Rare Books in the 1980s. A good copy.

John MacGowan was born in Edinburgh in 1726, and after being a weaver, a baker, and a Wesleyan minister, eventually joined the particular baptists, and in 1766 became pastor of the old meeting-house in Devonshire Square, Bishopsgate, London, where he remained until his death in 1780. 

His books went through many editions in London, the North of England, and America. This is his best known work. In it he uses the device of a series of dialogues between various demons, to explore a number of questions; notably the extent to which humanity had responsibility for its own evil doing, and the extent to which it was the consequence of demonic manipulation. This is an early precursor to C. S. Lewis's SCREWTAPE LETTERS.

EVANS: EARLY AMERICAN IMPRINTS, 29005.

 

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