Dublin: Robert Jackson, 1790. Leather. Four volumes, octavo size, [2,246] pp. Very Good. Item #15083205
The initial volumes first published in 1789, with Volume IV being first published in 1790, a year before the author's death. The last book by English religious writer and schoolmaster John Gough (1721-1791), who was himself from a family of Quakers, with both he and his brother being great promoters of education in Ireland. His "History" was for a long time the authoritative text on the history of the Quakers and the major figures therein.
These four volumes are comprised of seven Books, tracing the history of the Quakers through various persecutions and following their growth. "The scale of the work undertaken by Gough in producing these four volumes was enormous. While they are very much just the views of one person, it is still an important and seminal work on the Society of Friends and their beginning, the spread throughout much of the known world and the persecutions they suffered. For anyone with an interest in Quaker history this is an essential source" (n. b., quote from the web site of the Irish Family History Centre).
___DESCRIPTION: Contemporaneous full tree calf, red morocco labels stamped in gilt on the spine, gilt rules on backstrips, octavo size (8.25" by 5"), pagination: Volume I, [i-iii] iv-x [xi-xii] (preliminary pages and Preface)  2-58 (Introduction) 59-130 (Book One) 131-422 (Book Two) 423-542 (the initial chapters of Book Three) [1-9 index]; Volulme II, [i-ii] (title page)  2-360 (the final chapters of Book Three) 361-557 (the initial chapters of Book Four) [1-10 index]; Volume III, [1-2] (title page)  4-158 (final chapters of Book Four) 159-228 (Book Five) 229-526 (initial chapters of Book Six) [1 ad] [1-8 index]; and Volume IV [1-2] (title page)  4-530 (final chapters of Book Six) 531-573 (Book Seven) [1-6 index] pp.
___CONDITION: A very good set, complete in four volumes (note that Volume II was supplied from a source other than Volumes I, III and IV with all four volumes being published in 1790), internally bright, the bindings tight with strong text blocks, hinges mostly solid with one or two just beginning to crack; the front free endpaper of Volume II present but almost detached, some occasional spots of foxing, a wormhole here or there (not into text), evidence of old dampstain to a few leaves in two of the volumes (not obscuring text), the covers clean and the leather smooth with some minor rubbing at edges and corners, joints slightly stressed, with the top two inches of the back joint of Volume IV cracked (board still securly attached), the prior owner markings we see are some vintage pencil notes and a name to the front endpapers of Volume II, a single name in sepia ink to the top of the flyleaf in Volume III, and a different name in a lovely, flowing hand on the flyleaf of Volume IV with the date of "15th of the 9th Mo 1794" written beneath. Overall all a very good, clean set.
___CITATION: ESTC Citation no. N2800.
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