Dissertations on the Prophecies, Which have remarkably been fulfilled and at this time are fulfilling in the World.


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First American Edition Thomas Newton's Dissertations on the Prophecies, 2 Vols, Elizabeth-town, NJ 1787, Leather, with early Rhode Island provenance

NEWTON, THOMAS. Dissertations on the Prophecies, Which have remarkably been fulfilled and at this time are fulfilling in the World. By Thomas Newton, D.D. Late Lord Bishop of Bristol. In Two Volumes. Volume the First [& Second] The Eighth Edition. Elizabeth-Town: Printed by Shepard Kollock, for Robert Hodge, No. 38, Maiden-Lane, New-York. M,DCC,LXXXVII. [1787]. 2 vols, octavo, 13.5 x 20.6cm. $250.00

Thomas Newton, (1704-1782), bishop of Bristol. "Newton himself knew bereavement in June 1754, when both his father and his wife died within days of each other. He creatively poured his grief into his Dissertation on the prophecies, which have been remarkably fulfilled, and are at this time fulfilling in the world, the first volume of which appeared in the winter. It was dedicated to Archbishop Thomas Herring and had been perused in manuscript form by Pearce, Warburton, and Jortin. In 1755 Newton was appointed Boyle lecturer, and he pursued the prophetic theme in these lectures, which were finally published in their entirety in 1758. In all there were twenty-six dissertations on the subject, ranging from Noah to the modern papacy, with the main argument that, despite the range of time, place, and cultures, scriptural prophecies had `a visible connexion and dependency, an entire agreement one with another' (Works, 1.775). The dissertation had gone into twenty editions by 1835. Its popularity both reflected and contributed to the persistence of the prophetic mode (and with it anti-papalism) as a key element in eighteenth-century Anglican apologetics, one that was at least as important as miracles. By choosing this subject Newton reclaimed it for orthodoxy and seized the initiative from Arians such as William Whiston and, most recently, Bishop Robert Clayton of Clogher."--Nigel Aston, `Newton, Thomas (1704-1782)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/20070, accessed 7 June 2016]. "A very valuable work"--Bickersteth's Christian Student.

Written at the top of the front free endpaper: "Cost 20s N. York Curency [sic]. 1787." New York (province/state) issued currency denominated in pounds from 1709 to 1793. The State of New York issued continental currency in £sd and in Spanish dollars with 1 dollar=8 shillings.

Both title pages have written towards the top of the title: "William Bliss 1787 Presented to Jeremiah Bliss 1807." Vol. 2 adds what appears to by "by his Father." A William Bliss of Newport, Rhode Island is in the list of subscribers. There was a William Bliss (1728-1808) who was a pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist church in Newport, R.I. from 1770-1808 when he died at the age of 81. He had a son know as Capt. Jeremiah Bliss (1770-1856).--Edward Peterson: History of Rhode Island, 1853, pp.344-345.

Two volumes bound in full leather with raised bands, red morocco title labels and black morocco volume labels, .3 x 1.5 cm piece of leather chipped from top of spine above front hinge vol. 2, leather starting to split top half of front hinge vol. 2, covers rubbed & scuffed some, worn through leather at one corner, 1 x 4cm ink stain on title of vol. 1, a few ink scratchings on first title and rear free endpaper of 1st volume, other ink scratchings in a few page margins, lacks front free endpaper and half of the front flyleaf vol. 2, light to medium foxing with heavier foxing on some gatherings. A2 and A3 in vol. 1 have a paper defect--the pages are shorter ending right after the text; volume 2 has a tear and slight fold in the bottom margin of S1 that predates its printing.

Collation: [a]4, b-c4, d2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Bbb4, Ccc2; [A]4, B-E4, F2, F-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Iii4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (4) Dedication, (17) The Contents, (1) blank, [21]-412 Dissertations; (1) title, (1) blank, (2) Dedication, (20) The Contents, (20) Subscribers Names, [41]-407 Dissertations, (1) blank, [410]-439 A General Index, (1) ad for Robert Walker's Sermons on Practical Subjects. Paging error in vol. 2: p. 85 & 215 misnumbered 58 & 315. The 1st American Edition and 8th edition overall after 7 London editions. Evans #20589.

Title: Dissertations on the Prophecies, Which have remarkably been fulfilled and at this time are fulfilling in the World.

Author Name: NEWTON, THOMAS.

Illustrator: Elizabethtown, NJ


Publisher: 1787

Binding: Leather

Type: Book

Size: 2 vols., octavo, 13.5 x 20.6cm.

Book Number: 17906

Keywords: 18th Century Books, 18th Century American Imprints, Leather Bindings, American Leather Bindings, Prophecy, Anti-Catholic, Theology, Church of England