Scarce 18th Century Leather Bound Book, “Piety Promoted – A Collection of the Dying Sayings of Many of the People called Quakers” by John Tomkins, 1721
Rare early 18th Century Leather Bound Book entitled “Piety Promoted . . . Being a Collection of the Dying Sayings of Many of the People called Quakers” by John Tomkins dated 1721 | Published in Dublin by Sam. Fairbrother, 1721
Remarkable original early 18th Century Leather Bound Book with full title of “Piety Promoted. The Fifth Part. Being a Collection of the Dying Sayings of Many of the People called Quakers with a Brief Account of some of their Labours in the Gospel, and Sufferings for the Same.” by John Tomkins | Date: 1721 | Published: “Dublin: Printed by Sam. Fairbrother, in Skinner-Row, over against the Tholfel, and are to be Sold by Samuel Fuller, at the Sign of the Globe and Scales in Meath Street, 1721.”
Fully Bound in thick Calf Leather with 5 raised bands to spine (See Photographs) | Leather binding and spine is intact and tight for its age | Printed on watermarked laid paper (See Photographs) | The book’s pages, including the title page, are in good condition for the age of the book, with scattered toning; professional repair to first three pages; signs of repair to leather binding | Measures 6.5″ H x 4.5″ W.
Beautifully inscribed facing page to back cover “Caleb Raper his Book. Called the Dying Sayings of several Worthy Friends, of the People of God, Called Quakers.” A Caleb Raper is listed in July 18, 1739 of the Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, Etc: Volume 30. Genealogical reports list an American named Caleb Raper as born about 1697, and married to Mary Coates, born September 8, 1701. The will of Caleb Raper is listed in “New England Women and Their Families in the 18th and 19th Centuries: Personal Papers, Letters, and Diaries” 0710 Raper, Caleb–Will, 25 July 1746. 3 frames, 0230 Raper, Caleb, . 3 frames. Principal Correspondent: Caleb Raper, and Caleb Raper is listed in the subject index as a Quaker.
Book is a very rare first limited edition, first printing | Samuel Fairbrother is listed among the Ancient Freemen of Dublin as a respected stationer (1714). He printed numerous important works, especially those relating to theology.