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(MOSHEIM, Johann Lorenz) MACLAINE, Archibald [trans].

An Ecclesiastical History,

Antient and Modern, from the Birth of Christ, to the Beginning of the Present Century: in which The Rise, Progress, and Variations of Church Power are Considered in their Connexion with the State of Learning and Philosophy, and the Political History of Europe during that Period. Translated from the Original Latin, and accompanied with Notes and Chronological Tables.

Published: London: Printed for A. Millar; and sold by T. Cadell, 1768

Stock code: 76739

Price: £450

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Second and best London edition, revised and enlarged from the first translation from the Latin of Mosheim’s important 1753 work of religious history, first published in English by Maclaine in Halmstadt in 1755. Mosheim was the chancellor of the University of Gottingen; Maclaine, a presbyterian minister, was the somewhat more pious elder brother of the famous “gentleman highwayman” James Maclaine. His translation is noted as being considerably freer than James Murdoch’s 1832 translation, and the liberal use of annotations to comment on and qualify Mosheim’s text was acknowledged by European scholars, and incorporated into subsequent European versions of the text. Volumes 1 & 3 misprint the publication date as 1758. An interesting text in an attractive and truly contemporary binding.

5 volumes, octavos (205 128 mm). Contemporary full calf, spines gilt in compartments with a floral design, two morocco labels, one red, one brown, brown cloth bookmarkers, red speckled edges. Spines rubbed and lightly marked, extremities scuffed, endpapers partially tanned, but all internally fresh and in good condition.

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