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John MacGowan's Priestcraft Defended. (Boston, 1819). First American edition.

John MacGowan's Priestcraft Defended. (Boston, 1819). First American edition.

350.00

35 pp. Pagination: vi,[7]-35 pp.

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MacGowan, John. PRIESTCRAFT DEFENDED A SERMON OCCASIONED BY THE EXPULSION OF SIX YOUNG GENTLEMEN, FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, FOR PRAYING, READING, AND EXPOUNDING THE SCRIPTURES

Humbly Dedicated to Mr. Vice-Chancellor and the Heads of Houses. By Their Humble Servant The Shaver, John MacGowan. Boston: Printed by Thomas G. Bangs, No. 1, State-Street, 1819. 35 pp. Pagination: vi,[7]-35 pp. First American edition from the 22nd London edition. Original sewing is intact. Later unprinted wrappers are stitched on.

This is a much read copy: the wrappers show wear and scattered staining; there is some minor loss at the top and bottom margins of the title page; corners of all leaves are well rounded; outer margin of preface page leaf is trimmed close affecting a few letters of text; several leaves show signs of light damping and thumbing at the edges.

There are two neat ownership signatures of "Mr. Holmes, Boston, Aug. 30th, A.D. 1821".

A good copy of this first American printing of a very popular work.

"Macgowan was probably more effective with his pen than in the pulpit, certainly if the number of titles authored and the frequncy 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.

In this work full of satire and irony, Rev. Macgowan ridicules Oxford University for expelling the six young men "for praying, reading, and expounding the scriptures."

AMERICAN IMPRINTS, 48542. 

 

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