A key, opening the way to every capacity, how to diftinguifh the religion profeffed by the people ...

A key, opening the way to every capacity, how to diftinguifh the religion profeffed by the people called Quakers, from the perverfions and mifreprefentations of their Adverfaries. With a brief exhortation to all sorts of people to examine their Ways.\.\.

William Penn, John Crook, Robert Barclay

Published by T. Sowle Raylton and Luke Hinde [printers], London, 1749
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Quarter bound in leather with marbled cloth boards shows heavy rubbing and scuffing. Edgewear and chipping at the spine. There is a 1-inch tear on the upper front joint. Corners bumped. Spine and hinges firm. Sporadic browning and spotting throughout. There is a pastedown appilque on the front cover that reads: "This Book / is the / Property of the Society of Friends, / Bull Street, Birmingham. ". There is a small applique on the spine that reads: "Penn's Key and Crook". Another small applique on the lower spine reads "511" (a library reference number). A bookplate on the inside front cover reads: "Library / of the / society of friends, / Birmingham. / No. 511 / A Librarian attends at the Library after Meeting on / First-day morning, to give out books./ Please to return this volume within One Month, or have / the entry renewed.". There is a hand-written table of contents (in meticulous handwriting) opposite the title page. The title page has a note "Birmingham Meeting / No. 109 1789" written at the top. This copy is a stated Fifteenth edition. The printing information on the title page reads "LONDON: / Printed and sold by T. Sowle Ralyton / and Luke Hinde, at the Bible in / George-Yard, Lombard Street, 1749". This volume contains three books: the first book is William Penn's Key which runs for 50 numbered pages, followed by 3 unnumbered pages of the printer's catalogue. Following this catalogue ia a second book, titled "Truth's Principles: / Or, thofe Things about / DOCTRINE and WORSHIP, / Which are moft furely believed and / received by the People of God called / QUAKERS, / viz. / Concerning the Man Christ, his / Sufferings, Death, and Refurrection, / Faith in his Blood, the Imputation / of his Righteoufnefs, Sanctification, / Juftification, &cc. / By a Servant of the Lord, / John Crook. / To which is added, / Something concerning the Difference between the Perfuafions of Reason, and / the Perfuafions of Faith. / A New Edition. / London: / Printed and Sold by James Phillips, / in George-Yard, Lombard - Street. / M.DCC.LXXXI." There is a note at the top of this title page that reads "Birm Meeting 1789". 46 numbered text pages follow, then 3 unnumbered pages of the printer's catalogue. Now follows a third book's title page: "A / Concise View / of the / chief principles / of the Christian religion / as profeffed by the / PEOPLE called QUAKERS. / By Robert Barclay. / Worcester: / Re-printed in the year 1772.". 26 numbered text pages follow this title page. This volume, of 3 texts bound into one book, is a very serviceable early and primary reference work of the Religous Society of Friends philosophy and principles. The Society of Friends was founded around 1650 by George Fox. Early in their history, The Society of Friends, labeled by their detractors as "Quakers", because they would supposedly "tremble at the word of God." were persecuted in Europe and in the Americas. William Penn, John Crook, and Robert Barclay were all early and eminent members of the Society of Friends, William Penn is likely the most notable of the early Quakers, founding a colony in the British territory of North America that would eventually become Pennsylvania. The democratic principles that Penn set forth in the Pennsylvania Frame of Government served as an inspiration for the United States Constitution. Size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001163

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Title: A key, opening the way to every capacity, ...

Publisher: T. Sowle Raylton and Luke Hinde [printers], London

Publication Date: 1749

Binding: Quarter Bound

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Fifteenth Edition.

Book Type: Privately Printed

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