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(Cheap Repository for Religious & Moral Tracts).  The cock-fighter. A true history. Bath: S. Hazard; London: J. Marshall, [1795]. 12mo (19 cm, 7.5"). 12 pp.
$250.00

First appearance of this tract from Hannah More's Cheap Repository: A coal miner repents of his cockfighting, swearing, Sabbath-breaking ways — and his => subsequent prayer to die rather than blaspheme any further is immediately granted, after which several other colliers meet their untimely ends! The prose story is followed by a verse rendition from Cowper, and by an "Account of an Affecting Mournful Death."
        There are two primary variants of this chapbook, one giving J. Marshall in London as the primary seller, and the present example giving Hazard in Bath; neither is common. This issue does not include the "Cheap Repository" header, and the "Entered at Stationer's Hall" line has been blacked out; the very large => title-page woodcut shows our poor sinner on his knees as a cock crows beside him.

ESTC T109549; Spinney, Cheap Repository Tracts: Hazard and Marshall Edition, 5. Simply stitched as issued, signatures uncut and edges untrimmed (but easily manipulated for reading). Title-page with early inked numeral in upper margin. Faint minor spotting to title-page, otherwise clean. => A desirable copy, in its original state.  (41202)   Please RESHELVE This.


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