1696 · London
First edition of the first of nine anti-Quaker books written by the author after living with a Quaker family while in hiding. Within this easily portable yet densely packed text, Leslie (1650–1722), a nonjuring Church of Ireland clergyman, claims "the Quakers are False Prophets and Conjurers," "the Popish Emissaries first set up Quakerism in England," and "No Quakers in the world do defend themselves with greater vehemence, and self-assurance than the Muggletonians do" — among other numerous, only occasionally factual criticisms.
However harsh the allegations, the Quakers were not Leslie's sole target; he also wrote works against deism, Judaism, Catholicism, Socinianism, and more, not to mention his numerous writings against various political parties.
Sabin's entry for this Americanum has this bizarre and amusing note: "It gives a long account of the 'Fourth or New Quakers who mostly reside in Long Island and East Jersey, in America,' one of whom was => Mary Ross, who went to meeting stark naked, and carrying a fiddle."
=> The text here is in a rather striking mix of roman, italic, and large black letter.
Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released), with bookplate tucked into front cover.
Sabin 40195; ESTC R216663; Wing (rev. ed.) L1156; Smith, Anti-Quakeriana, 267; on Leslie, see: DNB (online). 17th-century speckled calf, Cambridge-style, spine gilt-lettered with two labels, bands accented and covers panelled in blind; rebacked with new endpapers; abraded, edges worn. Moderate age-toning and foxing, a handful of leaves with rounded corners or chipped edges. Ex-library with its rubber-stamp on title-page and one leaf of text, five-digit number on title-page verso; light pencilling on title-page. (Inventory #: 36371)