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Crook, John. A short history of the life of John Crook, containing some of his spiritual travels and breathings after God, in his young and tender years. London: Printed & sold by T. Sowle, 1706. 8vo (19.1 cm, 7.51"). 53, [3 (pub. adv.)] pp. $500.00
First edition: an eminent Quaker leader's own account of his early life, spiritual awakening, and ministry, printed from a manuscript "written by his own hand" but not discovered until after his other works had been published. Crook (1617–1699) was a Justice of the Peace before joining the Society of Friends, after which he was imprisoned a number of times for his ministerial work.
Evidence of Readership: On the title-page, "Quaker" has been appended to Crook's name in pencil (done some time ago), with a bibliographic note in the same hand in the upper margin; two textual errors have been corrected, one in an early inked hand and one pencilled.
ESTC T73591; Smith, I, 491. Modern green striped pastepaper–covered boards; spine very gently sunned with blank paper spine label, binding otherwise showing virtually no wear. Annotations as above. Pages browned (particularly first and last) and spotted with mild cockling and creasing; one leaf with tear from outer margin touching a few letters without loss. => A solid copy of the now-uncommon first edition. (41355) Please RESHELVE This.
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