Spider Letter.
Edwards, Jonathan.

Bremen, Maine, and New York:] Red Angel Press, 2009. One of ffty copies, numbered and signed by the printer/illustrator, Ronald Keller Illustrated with five linoleum cut plates of spiders, all of while were hand-pulled. Pictured are the Black Widow Spider, Tarantula, Black and Yellow Garden Spider. The text is hand set in Bembo and printed on Lana Antique Laid paper. A fine copy. Burgundy cloth with papier maché bas relief of a spider’s web on the front cover. 8 ” x 7 1/8.” [34] pp. (Item ID: 15088)

$475.00

The text is a letter written in 1723 by Edwards to Judge Paul Dudley, a friend of his father, discussing spiders, a subject that had interested him since his boyhood. Dudley was a member of the Royal Society, and Edwards’s father hoped that his son’s letter would be published in the Society’s prestigious journal.

Though Edwards (1703-1758) was one of this country’s great intellectuals. His published writings include his vivid sermons and theological tracts. He served as president of the College of New Jersey, later to be named Princeton.

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