Boston: Manning & Loring, 1799. 300pp. 12mo. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Some worming to calf, but not to text; corners rubbed. Contemporary ownership inscription to front flyleaf. Minor toning and foxing. Very good plus. Second American edition, first published in Britain in 1797. A variant of Evans 36716, also noted as the second edition. "This work was the tract begun in 1793 and now expanded into a full-length book. As the title implies, Wilberforce expounded his interpretation of New Testament teachings as a basis for a critique of the lukewarm and inadequate practice of Christianity he observed around him. He called for religious revival as an essential means of reversing national moral decline. Despite its unfashionable theme and diffuse and discursive style, the book was extensively read and very influential. It was repeatedly reprinted and translated" - DNB. This edition is relatively scarce. BRISTOL B10949. SHIPTON & MOONEY 48992. ESTC W8944. (Inventory #: WRCAM45612)
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