1662 · London
First edition: Explication of Revelation, "proving" that Muggleton and John Reeve were God's "Last Messengers, and the Witnesses of the Spirit" (p. 165) as mentioned in Rev. 11:3 ff., with a divine commission to declare "the doctrine of the true God, and the right devil" (p. 161). Reeve and Muggleton were the prophets and leaders of the Muggletonians, a small Christian sect that denied the doctrine of the Trinity, believed that God would no longer interfere in human affairs after the revelation of their founders, and condemned prayer and preaching. In this, his first independent work following Reeve's death in 1658, Muggleton examines Revelation from a quirky, materialist, anti-Reason perspective, argues that God has a manlike, corporeal face and body, and discusses the failings of the "seven Churches . . . having no Commission from God" (p. 52): Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Presbytery, Independent, Baptist, Ranter, and Quaker.
Provenance: Final blank leaf with inked inscriptions reading "Tho.s. Scupholme His Book 1740" and "Henery Collier His Book 1759.
ESTC R267; Wing (rev. ed.) M3050; Smith, Anti-Quakeriana, 305. Period-style calf, covers framed in blind double fillets, spine with gilt-ruled raised bands and gilt-stamped leather title-label. Pages age-toned and spotted; one leaf with tear from lower margin into text, sewn by hand some time ago. (Inventory #: 26004)