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GORDON, Thomas (d. 1750)
A cordial for low spirits. Being a collection of curious tracts. By Thomas Gordon, ... In three volumes. The third impression, revised and improved, with many additional articles.
London: printed for Messrs. Wilson and Fell, 1763.
3 vols ; 16.2 cm. (12º)
I: xxvii, [3], 408 p., engr. frontis.
II: [4], 407, [1] p.
III: [4], 334, [2] p.

First published: London, 1751. An anthology of the essays and tracts of the Scottish-born pamphleteer and classical scholar Thomas Gordon, edited by Richard Barron, who signs the preface in vol. I dated Blackheath, May 17, 1763. Postscriptum to the preface states: 'The next service in this glorious cause will be a republication of the pillars of priestcraft and orthodoxy shaken, in three volumes, with large additions. Ex pede Hercules.' Each tract has a half-title. Vol. I: On title-page following the edition statement: Quotation 'Hah! Hah! Hah! Milton'. Vol. III Includes Bishop Clayton's Speech made in the House of Lords in Ireland, for omitting the Nicene and Athanasian Creeds out of the Liturgy'. Bookseller's list of J. Johnson, at Mead's Head, opposite the Monument at end of vol. III. ESTC t66028.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 5s., 24 April 1806. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price 3 vols/ Scarce = 5s= and bookseller's code in pencil on vol. I front free-endpaper. Title-pages initialled in ink W. P. Volume I, p. xx: sideways marginal note in ink 'revising' for 'compiling' in text where the trimming has curtailed '[re]vis-'; p. xxvi: at foot: 'may ... be their doom' crossed through for 'shall ...'.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders, gilt-ruled spine, dark red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1084


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