Dublin: L. Jackson, 1751. Full-Leather. Very Good / Good. Item #011006
8vo., (iv)484pp. plus 7 page index. Beautiful and quite scarce Revised Edition of this lengthy early treatise on the formation of this religious group including descriptions of noted ministers and elders. Included also is "Treatise of teh Christian Discip;line by John Rutty. Bound in full contemporary calf, raised spine bands with titles in gilt on leather spine label. Not illustrated but a couple of early charts are present. What makes this special is the sewn-on animal hide "dust-jacket" that surrounds the leather boards. It would have originally enclosed the entire book but the spine panel either torn or worn off so the what remains is the covering for the front and rear boards and are very snugly sewn around the leather panels. As it appears to be contemporary to the book, it is clear the original owner wanted to protect their investment. Scarce indeed, and more than a little creepy as much of the hair is still present from whatever animal the hide came from. The book itself is square, tight and fairly clean internally with moderate scattered foxing and water-spotting throughout though not having any impact on the readability of the text. There are a couple of previously dog-eared pages that look like simple place-holders for the reader as well as several very light pencil marginalia by a more modern pencil. There are three preliminary pages and one interior page. (p.372), which has beautifully hand-written ownership information as well as a record of births and deaths from the Griffith family from the year of the books publication to 1841. Nathan Griffith, (1724-1790), appears to have purchased the book in 1776 from Anton Ashbridge(sp), the original owner. The leather boards themselves were recently and expertly re-attached to the spine. They remain covered but examining the edges, they appear to be in quite sound condition. The spine has some loss at the spine ends and a thin, shallow split along its length and through the leather label. Gilt is fading. The "jacket" has scuffed edges and folds and fairly mild surface wear. The edges where the spine panel had been connected is roughly torn. A very handsome collectable copy of a most unusual item.