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John MacGowan's Life of Joseph (Windsor, Vermont, 1801)

John MacGowan's Life of Joseph (Windsor, Vermont, 1801)

250.00

Pagination: xiv,[2],[17]-252 pp. 15.5 cm.

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MacGowan, John. THE LIFE OF JOSEPH, THE SON OF ISRAEL. IN EIGHT BOOKS. CHIEFLY DESIGNED TO ALLURE YOUNG MINDS TO A LOVE OF THE SCRIPTURE. Windsor, Vermont: Printed and Sold by Nahum Mower, 1801. 252 pp. Pagination: xiv,[2],[17]-252 pp. 15.5 cm.

A rare early American imprint. Original full polished calf with black polished leather label hand tooled with gilt. Ancient and meticulous repair to the top of the spine, joints, and corners. One gouge in leather on front board and a few linear breaks in the leather along spine and joints.

Remains a very sturdy and pleasing copy with small period bookplate of the "Sunday School Library of the Methodist Episcopal Church" and period brown ink gift inscription on the front blank flyleaf to "Volney Abels from Naomi Griswold, Teacher.".

ROSENBACH: EARLY AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS, 213: "The LIFE OF JOSEPH was first printed in England in 1771. It was very popular, and frequently reprinted. The author 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."

"MacGowan was probably more effective with his pen than in the pulpit, certainly if the number of titles authored and the frequency of their reprinting be any criteria. He had a considerable following in America as well as in Britain, and his works were translated into Welsh and Gaelic."--Charlotte Fell-Smith, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

SHAW: AMERICAN IMPRINTS, 856.

McCORISON: VERMONT IMPRINTS, 1778-1820, 608: "Adv. Federal Gazette, Apr. 27, 1802."

WELCH: BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS PRINTED PRIOR TO 1821, 810.25. 

 

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