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(EARLY AMERICAN IMPRINT.) Robert Barclay. An Apology for the True Christian Divinity . . . by the People, Called in Scorn, Quakers. , 574,  pages. 8vo, contemporary polished blind-tooled paneled calf, backstrip worn, boards stitched on at an early date; lacking front free endpaper and blank leaf A2, moderate dampstaining and wear, light finger-soiling; 1823 gift inscription on verso of final page. Newport, RI: James Franklin, 1729
First American edition of this standard exposition of Quaker tenets. It was a very early Rhode Island imprint, issued by the brother and mentor of Benjamin Franklin, and the first full-length book published in the colony--preceded only by a few pamphlets and broadsides, and a 150-page book issued the previous year. Alden, Rhode Island 11; Evans 3129. Provenance: Caleb Arnold (1757-1838) of Glocester, RI to his grandson Edward Greene Arnold (1810-1893) of Norwich, Chenango County, NY, in 1823.
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