1796 · Boston
Necker's most famous work and one that was => banned "absolutamente" by the Spanish and all related Inquisitions, here in the second U.S. edition of => Mary Wollstonecraft's translation. Topics covered include "the connexion of religious principles with public order," "the influence of religious principles on our happiness," "that there is a God," and more. The printing is simple/workmanlike, but there is one very pretty engraved headpiece.
Provenance: Ink signature and rubber-stamps of William F. Wheeler on endpapers and title-page.
Evans 30835; ESTC W21378; Windle & Pippin, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin . . . a bibliography, B1g. 18th-century acid washed calf, gilt red leather spine label with gilt ruling on spine; rubbed, boards warping, small loss of spine leather, hinges worn but holding, glue action to first and last few leaves. Provenance markings as above, a few other markings on endpapers; one leaf with pinprick hole affecting a letter, one torn corner and a few more bent; old general foxing, age-toning, and waterstaining. Not a comely copy (and priced accordingly), but a good, sound, complete, and usable one. (Inventory #: 36603)