Title The Royal Spiritual Magazine or, The Christian's Grand Treasure Vol I & II, 2 Volumes
Binding Hard Back
Book Condition Fair
Edition First Edition
Size 13 x 21cm Approx
Publisher Coventry & London J. Fuller, in Newgate Street, and T. Luckman, 1762
Seller ID 001594
945 pages in all. Vol. I. has 502 pages + 2 page Table (index) rear. Full leather binding, well rubbed, front cover loose. Contents fair, well used, checked all pages, front blank end-page glued to inside cover. page 15/16 has loss at base of page ( not the text ) pages 391- 394 inserted upside down as 394-391, some minor foxing, some minor worm holes, folded corners, engraved title page, has a portrait of King George III , not dated, a couple of owner names (1770 & 1870). .Vol. II, Title page + 438 pages + 2 page Table (index) rear. Full suede binding, well rubbed, front cover loose. Contents Fair, well used, checked all pages, some minor foxing, some edge loss, folded corners, engraved title page is glued to inside cover and has a portrait of Queen Charlotte, it is dated MDCCLXII ( 1762 ). Lacks rear (blank) end page. 2 owner names etc. to inside rear cover. Pages 1-4 crumpled up with edge loss & a little edge text loss to page 1-2. After a hours on the net. I only found a copy of Vol II only listed in the British Library. So very rare and pre-dates his American edition by many years. From net seems there were 3 volumes printed, but as unable to locate a 3rd volume, presume published separately and maybe 3rd volume not published in the England?. The Reverend John Allen was a Calvinist-Baptist theologian, and is most famous as the author of some of the most influential discourses just before the 1776 American Revolution. Though born in Great Britain .He became a minister in Salisbury, a pastor of the Particular Baptist Church in London. Also a bankrupt who was in a debtor's prison for a short time. Dismissed from a post at a Broadstairs congregation "for bad behaviour." , arrested for forgery in 1769. In 1770, Allen wrote the "Spirit of Liberty" , an influential defence of both the Baptist religion, as he was an American sympathizer, Ultimately Allen could not escape his reputation and left for America where he landed in New York, and went to Boston where by 1772 he was invited to preach at the Second Baptist Church. In 1774, Allen moved to New Hampshire where he died in obscurity c1785-1788. He was heralded as "New England's Tom Paine" by historians noting his influence on Revolutionary thinking. The "Oration on the Beauties of Liberty" was initially a sermon Allen preached to the Second Baptist Church in Boston on Dec. 3rd, 1772, which when revised later was printed as a popular pamphlet . The publication "fast becomes the sixth-best-selling pamphlet in the colonies prior to the publication of the Declaration of Independence. There is ref to him publishing the Royal Spiritual Magazine in 1752. But i very much doubt this. Most likely someone miss-dated MDCCLXII .