AN APOLOGY FOR THE BIBLE, IN A SERIES OF LETTERS ADDRESSED TO THOMAS PAINE, by Richard Watson - 1796

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An Apology for the Bible, in a Series of Letters addressed to Thomas Paine

by Richard Watson

Scarce early(1st?) edition printed by John Bull, New York, 1796.

Hardback is overall in GOOD condition.

  • Volume is in good overall condition displaying expected aging for antiquarian book.
  • Brown leather covers, have blind-tooled dentelle along edges, and exhibit moderate edgewear with rubbing to some areas, and more to corners where boards are exposed, with some bumping.
  • Boards display some damp and gray staining to front and back.
  • Spine features green titleblock with gilt, as well as five gilt doubled lines, and displays overall rubbing and some fading.
  • Spine ends are rubbed with chipping at head, while foot is separating from textblock.
  • Shoulder on front is cracked and back is 2/3 cracked. (See photos)
  • Textblock is overall secure and intact, yet is fragile at hinges, moreso at front.
  • Hinges are moderately cracked. (See photos)
  • Front fep exhibits previous owner ink signature.
  • Interior displays expected age-toning, with occasional staining, and some damp staining along upper edge of last pages. (Index pages)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Some pages display small corner creases. (See photos)
  • Textblock edges show strong toning, as well as some staining along head. 
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20180829

252 pages. 4.25 x 6.75 inches.

Title states: " addressed to Thomas Paine, Author of a Book entitled, The Age of Reason, Part the Second, being an Investigation of True and of Fabulous Theology." and: "by R. Watson, D.D. F.R.S. Lord Bishop of Landaff, and Regius Professor of Divinity in the University of Cambridge." This rare volume offers us a unique piece in the history of philosophy and religion. In a corpus of letters written to the great American philosopher by the notable bishop and Cambridge professor, we see a unique example of the confrontation between the newly found precepts of the Age of Reason--as 18th century philosophers proudly named it--and the still surviving doctrines of the Church. This verbal sparring between two respected figures of their time, firmly standing in opposite camps, reveals much about the time as well as the individuals, in addition to being a timeless defense of the Christian faith. Based on his faith and profound knowledge of the Bible, to which he frequently refers, Watson delivers a brilliant argument for the preeminence of the Bible, giving a strong rebuttal to Paine's critical view on the Holy Scriptures. In this historical document of 18th century Biblical apologetics we can see not only the confrontation of opposing perspectives by historical figures, but also a religious and philosophical piece of tremendous value, summing up a conflict which began with the Age of Reason, and still rages today.  

Includes a Preface to the American Edition, and a list of subscribers.

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Year Printed: 1796
Modified Item: No
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Topic: Essays & Speeches
Binding: Leather
Region: North America
Author: R. Watson
Subject: Religion & Spirituality
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Publisher: John Bull
Place of Publication: New York
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
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