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A general history of the Christian church, from the fall of the Western Empire to the present time .

Priestley, Joseph.

Published by Pr. for the author by Andrew Kennedy 1802?03, Northumberland [PA], 1802
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First edition. Priestley, a controversial theologian as well as a chemist who may be best remembered today for experiments with gasses that led to the discovery of oxygen, here continues his General History of the Christian Church to the Fall of the Western Empire (published in two volumes in 1790) up through 1802. (Although the present set, dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, stands alone, each book does close with an acknowledgment of its number in both series ? i.e., "The end of Volume the third of the Second Part, or Volume the fifth of the whole Work".) Priestley's ecclesiastical history not only canvasses Catholicism and the other branches of Christianity, but considers Judaism and Islam (if the latter to a somewhat limited extent) as well. This work was printed in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, where Priestley settled in 1782, his liberal political opinions and defense of the French Revolution (in addition to his status as a nonconforming minister of questionable orthodoxy) having obliged him to emigrate from England to the United States. Provenance: Each title-page inscribed by N. Irwin. 8vo (21.6 cm, 8.5"). 4 vols. I: xxxvi, 475, [1 (blank)] pp. II: vii, [1], 539, [1 (blank)] pp. III: [6], 488 pp. IV: x, [3], xii?xiii, [1], 480 pp. Shaw & Shoemaker 2933 & 4913. Recent quarter calf over marbled paper?covered sides,paper darkened at edges and/or turn-ins on some volumes, most notably vol. IV; spines with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels. Title-pages with faint impression of a once-pencilled shelf number; a few page edges slightly ragged; some instances of small spots of foxing, mostly in margins, and varying degrees of offsetting. Bookseller Inventory # 12638

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Title: A general history of the Christian church, ...

Publisher: Pr. for the author by Andrew Kennedy 1802?03, Northumberland [PA]

Publication Date: 1802

Edition: 1st Edition

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