The Christian?s defence against the fears of death. With seasonable directions how to prepare ... The Christian?s defence against the fears of death. With seasonable directions how to prepare ...

The Christian?s defence against the fears of death. With seasonable directions how to prepare ourselves to die well. Written originally in French . Translated into English, by Marius D?Assigny] A true relation of the apparition of one Mrs. Veal . the eighteenth edition.

Defoe, Daniel; Charles Drelincourt.

Published by Pr. for R. Ware, W. Innys & J. Richardson, W. & D. Baker, et al., [London, 1756
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English translation of Charles Drelincourt's Consolations de l??me fid?le, with the intriguing "True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal." First published in 1705, Daniel Defoe's convincingly matter-of-fact account of Margaret Veal's ghostly visit to an old friend went through numerous editions; it appears here as the stated eighteenth, serving (as did most later printings) as a preface to the Christian?s Defence against the Fears of Death. Legend has it that Defoe's retelling of a ghost story then in circulation was meant as a boost for flagging sales of an edition of the Defence, although current scholarship is skeptical of that tale. Drelincourt's pious work sold quite well both before and after Defoe's addition, at any rate, and was often recommended as a gift for mourners. This example particularly showcases the "True Relation," as the separate title-page for that item is the first leaf present here; the title-page and preface for the Defence are absent. 8vo (20.3 cm, 8"). [2], xi/xii, 12, 502 pp. (lacking frontis., main t.-p., 3 ff. preface, & final f.). ESTC T189434; Lowndes 616?17; Allibone 490. Recent quarter mottled calf and marbled paper?covered sides, leather edges blind-tooled, spine with gilt-stamped leather labels, gilt-dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped decorations in compartments. First three pages institutionally pressure-stamped, lower (closed) edges rubber-stamped; title-page with inked and rubber-stamped numerals in lower margin. Frontispiece, main title-page, preface to Christian's Defence, and final leaf lacking (the last interrupting the text of a brief account of Drelincourt's life). Title-page stained with inner margin reinforced and tear repaired some time ago. Pages browned, foxed, and stained, first and last few with edges tattered; some corners dog-eared. Two leaves torn, without loss of text; one leaf with outer margin chipped, affecting four words without loss of sense. A book often "read to death" . . . Bookseller Inventory # 25807

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Title: The Christian?s defence against the fears of...

Publisher: Pr. for R. Ware, W. Innys & J. Richardson, W. & D. Baker, et al., [London

Publication Date: 1756

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