4 vols., 8vo, pp. xvi, 438, [2, ads]; viii, 472; viii, 456; viii, 423, [1, ads]. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines divided by raised bands between gilt rules, twin black morocco labels, gilt tooling in other compartments, edges sprinkled brown. A little minor spotting. A few light scratches to boards, a couple of tiny abrasions to spines, the merest touch of wear to corners and tiny cracks to foot of two joints but overall a very well-preserved example. Armorial bookplate of Baldwin J.P. Bastard to front pastedowns, with ownership inscription of Philemon P. Bastard dated June 15th 1818 to initial blanks.
An attractive set of what must have been the latest versions available just as the sixth edition of vol. 1 had been printed - the volumes were published & republished separately starting in 1799 and complete matching sets are relatively unusual to find. Gilpinis of course better remembered for his writings on art and the picturesque, but his religious texts were both more popular and more important to him in his day. This copy belonged to members of the well-connected Bastard family; Philemon Pownoll Bastard was the son of Edmund Bastard, MP for Dartmouth, and the grandson of the Royal Navy officer Philemon Pownoll. Baldwin John Pollexfen Bastard was Philemon's nephew, son of another MP and grandson of the 2nd Baron Rodney.