London: Printed for R. Ware, J. and P. Knapton...[et al.], 1752. Sixth edition, corrected, of this popular history of the Bible, first published in 1716. All eighteenth century editions of this work are uncommon. ESTC notes no more than a dozen copies of any edition, and many are recorded in only two or three copies. Of the present edition ESTC records four copies in the British Isles, two in Canada (both at McGill), and two in the United States (Boston Atheneum and New York Public Library). Title-pages printed in red and black. With 150 fine engraved plates of scenes from the Bible, with the verses illustrated printed above and below. Heads of spines lightly worn, some ink splattering on lower edge of Vol. I, marginal browning to a few leaves, armorial bookplate of Cobbold of Ipswich, later ownership annotation, dated 1980 on front pastedown. A very good set. Contemporary mottled calf. Gilt-ruled spines with burgundy morocco spine labels. Three volumes, octavo. xxiv, 349, [23, index]; 302, [24, index]'; xvi, 376, [22, index], [2, ads] pp. Item #16035
Laurence Howell (c. 1664-1720) was a nonjuring Church of England clergyman, educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. He published a number of scholarly works, including Synopsis Canonum (1708-1715), a Latin record of the Greek and Latin ecumenical and provincial councils, as well as an attack on the papacy, The View of the Pontificate, from its supposed beginning to the end of the Council of Trent, A.D. 1563 (1712). A committed Jacobite, he authored a pamphlet printed for private circulation entitled The Case of Schism in the Church of England Truly Stated, which led to his arrest in 1716 on the charge of treason. He was found guilty and ordered to stand in the pillory, pay a fine of £500, and serve a prison sentence of three years without bail. He died at Newgate Prison in 1720. His Compleat History of the Bible went through six editions in the eighteenth century, of which this is the last. In 1807, George Burder produced a revised and augmented edition.