Title Memoirs of Eminently Pious Women, Who Were Ornaments to Their Sex, Blessings to Their Families, and Edifying Examples to the Church and World
Book Condition Very Good
Edition First Edition
Size 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher London, England J. Buckland 1777
Seller ID 007560
Presumed first edition and so stated in the The History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches and Meeting Houses  and also in the Encyclopaedia of Religious Knowledge . Complete in two volumes. Approximately 8 x 5 inches. Likely not the original binding as the pages appear to be trimmed. Bound [or rebound early on] in full period saddle tan calf, with mild rubbing to the covers but still a lovely hand. Hubbed spines, with fairly crisp gilt-stamped title on red leather as to each spine. The outside corners of the boards display very minor loss of material. Gilt tooled fore-edges. Hinges appear strong and text blocks securely bound in. All edges tinted a faint bluish-green, to a handsome effect. Laid paper, rag content. With lxii, [ii], 436; [iv], 528 pages + 12 full-page engraved plates, being portraits of famous women from English history, such as Lady Jane Grey, Catharine Parr, and Queen Mary. Engraved arms of dedicatee, Countess of Huntingdon, at the beginning. No inscriptions, signatures, underlining, highlighting, or other such marks observed. Some off-setting around the margin edges of the preliminaries. Some darkening to the top portion of the front board of Vol. 2. Else a remarkably clean set of two volumes and a handsome addition to any library shelf on female piety as conceived of in the 18th century by dissenting English clergy. The front FEP of both volumes with the handsome ex libris plate of E. H. Greenly. A Very Good copy. Rare, even scarce. Gibbons [1720-1785] was an indefatigable champion of the Protestant faith. He was a dissenting minister based in London and was known as a bad poet as well as a friend of Dr. Johnson. Greenly [1861-1951], DSc., was known as an eminent geologist of Anglesey. Motto, Fal y gallo. "As I can." Titley Court, Herefordshire, was the Greenly ancestral home as far back as the reign of Edward IV.