Universal History of the Religious Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs of the Whole New World; Or, A ... Universal History of the Religious Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs of the Whole New World; Or, A ... Universal History of the Religious Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs of the Whole New World; Or, A ... Universal History of the Religious Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs of the Whole New World; Or, A ...

Universal History of the Religious Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs of the Whole New World; Or, A Complete and Impartial View of All the Religions in the Various Nations of the Universe. Both Antient (sic) and Modern, from the Creation down to the present Time.

Hurd, William (Text); Robert Pollard (Frontispiece engraved by); James Walker, Joseph Collyer, Charles Taylor (Plates engraved by)

Published by Alexander Hogg, London, 1780
Condition: f to vg Hardcover

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Folio (13 6/8 x 9 1/3"). [8], 1704 (i.e. 704), XIIpp. Modern half calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine. Raised bands. Modern endpapers and fly leaves. Engraved frontispiece. Originally published in 60 fascicles, William Hurd's brilliant work on comparative religion and obscure religious practices is a translation and abridgment of Bernard Picart's celebrated work "Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde." The author's goal was to record the religious rituals and beliefs of the world in all their diversity as objectively and authentically as possible. Breaking with all the previous models the work presented religions, even those of the "idolatrous peoples" as even-handedly as possible. It argued for religious toleration by showing the ill effects of fanaticism, wherever it could be found, and by praising those religions, such as Islam, that offered toleration to others. At a time of widespread anti-Semitism, it offered one of the most sympathetic portraits then available of European Jewry. The book is embellished with 60 stricking copper engravings depicting the rites, ceremonies and customs of over 40 world religions, including the ancient and present state of religion amongst the Jews, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Chinese, Japanese, Peruvians, Floridans, Native Americans, Africans, Muslims, Greeks, Christians, etc. The plates have been engraved by the finest artists of the period, such as Robert Pollard (Frontispiece), James Walker, Joseph Collyer, and Charles Taylor. Includes a 4-page list of subscribers which the binder placed between the title page and the Introductory Preface instead of placing it at the end. Minor shelf wear. Frontispiece, title page, and Preface remargined (not affecting text or illustration). Page 21/22 remargined, with a tiny loss of text at lower corner. Moderate and sporadic water-staining throughout the first half of the book, slightly affecting a few plates. The year of publication of the remargined title having been trimmed, it is hard to determine precisely which edition this copy is. However, a note at the end of the list of subscribers stating that "A new edition of the beginning numbers [of the fascicles] being now ready, this day is published, Dr. Hurd's Religious Rites and Ceremonies. Adorned with sixty elegant copper-plates, and neatly bound in calf and lettered" can be an indication that this copy is indeed the first book form edition. Binding in overall good+ to very good, interior in fair to very good. Bookseller Inventory # 18899

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Title: Universal History of the Religious Rites, ...

Publisher: Alexander Hogg, London

Publication Date: 1780

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:f to vg

Edition: First book form edition.

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