1705 · London
Ejected minister and devotional writer Joseph Alleine (1634–68) was brought into Puritanism by George Newton, the Puritan vicar of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton, Somerset. Alleine's Sure Guide was originally published in 1671 as the first part of An Alarme to Unconverted Sinners and is a major work on conversion and salvation. The online DNB labels it "an evangelical classic" and the fact that it went through approximately 75 editions before 1801 and is still in print attests to the accuracy of that assessment.
It is additionally noteworthy that Alleine's "writing on covenanting, together with that of his father-in-law, later inspired John Wesley to institute the Methodist covenant service" (ODNB).
Provenance: Contemporary signature of Abraham Goodhead in lower margin of p. 60.
Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and ESTC locate => no U.S. libraries reporting ownership of this edition and only two worldwide (Bodleian, University of Witwatersrand Library).
ESTC T212853. Recent quarter speckled brown calf, raised bands accented by gilt rules; gilt center devices in compartments, marbled paper sides. An embrowned copy with some good marginal repairs and title-leaf backed; fore-edges of pp. 41–48 with minor rodent gnawing and small loss of paper; old good repair to pp. 97–98; pp. 117–18 torn with loss of an irregular piece of text area measuring approximately 2.5 x 2 cm, with loss of words on eight lines on both pages; lower outside corner of pp. 167–68 torn with loss of paper only. Else a solid copy. Priced for its faults. (Inventory #: 39792)