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HILDEBRAND, G. B.

The Applications of Prophecy to the Crimean War;

or, from the Accession of Louis Napoleon to the Throne of France to the Present and Future Times.

London, James Blackwood, 1864 Stock Code: 121341
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First and only edition, extremely uncommon - both Copac and OCLC list three locations (BL, NLS, Cambridge). The text concludes "End of Volume I", but this is all published. An extraordinary sustained exercise in apocalyptic biblical exegesis by a mind stimulated, or perhaps over-stimulated, by the ongoing war in the Crimea. The author saw the rise of Napoleon III, the third of the "three unclean frogs" of Revelations, as the sign of the beginnings of "the Tribulation" which would set in motion the "certain fate and destruction of Popery and Islamism" due in the main to their treatment of the Jews. "The idea that England might play a role in restoring Palestine to the Jews had a long pedigree in England, stretching back to at least the days of Cromwell. For students of prophecy, this event marked the culmination of the present dispensation and was thus anticipated with tremendous eagerness. As the so-called Eastern Question heated up in the second half of the century each new diplomatic and military development would be assessed as to how it shaped the British empire, the land of Palestine, and the Jews. In times of conflict, especially the years around the Crimean War, the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-8, and the First World War, books pamphlets streamed from the press propounding interpretations of the events to clarify the destiny of the British empire in the east" (Reisenauer, Between the Eternal City and the Holy City: Rome, Jerusalem, and the Imperial Ideal in Britain, Canadian Journal of History, autumn 2009).

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Octavo. Publisher's green beaded cloth, title gilt to the spine within elaborate "Oriental" scrolled foliate frame, rope-twist panels in blind to the boards, pinkish cream surface paper endpapers.

Condition

Lightly rubbed, corners a bit bumped, pale toning of the text-block, but overall a very good copy.

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