Lodowicke (or Lodowick) Muggleton (1609–98) and his cousin John Reeve (1608–58) were the founders of the Muggletonians, a small Christian sect that denied the doctrine of the Trinity, believed that God would no longer interfere in human affairs after the revelation of their founders, and condemned prayer and preaching. In
addition to these more prosaic theological doctrines, Reeve also held that
the Sun went around the earth and that the sphere of the heavens was not above
six miles high from the surface of the earth.
Lodowick. A true interpretation of the
eleventh chapter of the Revelation of St. John, and other texts in that book;
as also many other places of Scripture. London: Pr. for the author, 1662. 4to
(18.9 cm, 7.4"). , 172, [2 (blank)] pp.
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First edition: Explication of Revelation, “proving”
that Muggleton and John Reeve were God's “Last Messengers, and the Witnesses
of the Spirit” (p. 165) as mentioned in Rev. 11:3 ff., with a divine commission
to declare “the doctrine of the true God, and the right devil” (p.
161). In this, his first independent
work following Reeve's death in 1658, Muggleton examines Revelation from a quirky,
materialist, anti-Reason perspective, argues that God has a manlike, corporeal
face and body, and discusses the failings of the “seven Churches . . .
having no Commission from God” (p. 52): Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Presbytery,
Independent, Baptist, Ranter, and Quaker.
Provenance: Final blank leaf with inked inscriptions reading “Tho.s. Scupholme His Book 1740" and “Henery Collier His Book 1759.”
ESTC R267; Wing (rev. ed.) M3050; Smith, Anti-Quakeriana, 305. Period-style calf, covers framed in blind double fillets, spine with gilt-ruled raised bands and gilt-stamped leather title-label. Pages age-toned and spotted; one leaf with tear from lower margin into text, sewn by hand some time ago. (26004)
Muggleton, Lodowick. An answer to Isaac Pennington [sic],
Esq; his book intituled, Observations on some passages of Lodowick Muggleton’s interpretation of the 11th chapter of the Revelations.... London: Pr. by subscription, 1719. 4to (21.1 cm, 8.25").  ff., 24 pp.
Here Muggleton attempts to defend himself against the Observations of Isaac Penington the younger (1616–79), in which Penington criticizes Muggleton’s interpretation of the passage in Revelation upon which Muggleton and Reeve based their legitimacy as prophets.
The title of this second edition (first edition, 1662) is within a simple border of type ornaments, and the text has two typographical headpieces and a xylographic tailpiece.
ESTC T93652; Smith, Bibliotheca Anti-Quakeriana, 311–12. On Muggleton and the Muggletonians, see: The Dictionary of National Biography, XXXIX, 264–67; and Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church 948. On Penington, see: The Dictionary of National Biography, XLIV, 297–300. Recent marbled paper over light boards; front cover with a paper label lettered in black. Spotting, staining, and occasional tears in the margins (repaired with tissue paper) with no loss of text. Pencilled marginalia. (5128)
Reeve, John, & Lodowick Muggleton. [drop-title] An epistle of the prophet Reeve. Written in the year, 1656. [London, 1670?]. 4to (21.1 cm, 8.25"). A4 (A4 lacking); 8 pp. (pp. 7–8 lacking, but supplied in early in manuscript).
In this piece Reeve argues for his view of the passion of Christ, and explains how God suffered in it. Appended is a short essay by Muggleton, explaining his view of the fall and of the mortality of the soul. The text of the lacking pp. 7–8 is supplied on three leaves in manuscript in a pretty and clear 18th-century hand. Opinion seems evenly divided as to whether this piece was published in 1670 or 1719.
Wing (rev.) R677; ESTC T229795 & R223718; Smith, Bibliotheca Anti-Quakeriana, 311. On Reeve, see: The Dictionary of National Biography, XLVII, 408–409. On Muggleton, see: The Dictionary of National Biography, XXXIX, 264–67. On the Muggletonians, see: Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church 948. Recent marbled paper over light boards; front cover with a paper label lettered in black. Faint library rubber-stamp on recto of next-to-last leaf. Browned with darker spotting; chipping in the margins repaired with tissue paper. Pp. 7–8 lacking, text thereof supplied in manuscript. Underlining in pencil. (5116)
Reeve, John, & Lodowick Muggleton. Remonstrance from the eternal God: declaring several spiritual transactions unto the parliament, and commonwealth of England, unto...the Lord General Cromwell, the council of state, and the council of war.... [London]: Reprinted, 1719. 4to (21.1 cm, 8.25"). 24 pp.
In this piece Reeve and Muggleton jointly reveal to the rulers of England their role as prophets, proclaiming themselves to be the two witnesses mentioned in Rev. 11:3 ff. This is the third edition (first edition 1653).
ESTC T110020; Smith, Bibliotheca Anti-Quakeriana, 303. On Reeve, see: The Dictionary of National Biography, XLVII, 408–409. On Muggleton, see: The Dictionary of National Biography, XXXIX, 264–67. On the Muggletonians, see: Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church 948. Recent marbled paper over light boards; front cover with a paper label lettered in black. Lightly browned with darker spotting and staining. (5118)
“Stark Naked, & Carrying a Fiddle”
(SEE ALSO!). Leslie, Charles. The snake in the grass: or, Satan transform'd into an angel of light. Discovering the deep and unsuspected subtilty which is couched under the pretended simplicity of many of the principal leaders of those people call'd Quakers. London: printed for Charles Brome, 1696. 8vo (16.5 cm; 6.5"). , cccxlii [i.e. ccclii], 271,  pp.
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First edition of the first of nine anti-Quaker books written by the author after living with a Quaker family while in hiding. Within this easily portable yet densely packed text, Leslie (1650–1722), a nonjuring Church of Ireland clergyman, claims “the Quakers are False Prophets and Conjurers,” “the Popish Emissaries first set up Quakerism in England,” and “No Quakers in the world do defend themselves with greater vehemence, and self-assurance than the Muggletonians do” — among other numerous, only occasionally factual criticisms.
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However harsh the allegations, the Quakers were not Leslie's sole target; he also wrote works against deism, Judaism, Catholicism, Socinianism, and more, not to mention his numerous writings against various political parties.
Sabin's entry for this Americanum has this bizarre and amusing note: “It gives a long account of the 'Fourth or New Quakers who mostly reside in Long Island and East Jersey, in America,' one of whom wasMary Ross, who went to meeting stark naked, and carrying a fiddle.”
The text here is in a rather striking mix of roman, italic, and large black letter.
Provenance: The Howell Bible Collection, Pacific School of Religion (properly released), with bookplate tucked into front cover.
Sabin 40195; ESTC R216663; Wing (rev. ed.) L1156; Smith, Anti-Quakeriana, 267; on Leslie, see: DNB (online). 17th-century speckled calf, Cambridge-style, spine gilt-lettered with two labels, bands accented and covers panelled in blind; rebacked with new endpapers; abraded, edges worn. Moderate age-toning and foxing, a handful of leaves with rounded corners or chipped edges. Ex-library with its rubber-stamp on title-page and one leaf of text, five-digit number on title-page verso; light pencilling on title-page. (36371)
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