A Compendious View of Natural and Revealed Religion. In seven books… the second edition, carefully revised, and improved with the author’s last additions and corrections.

  • Brown, John
  • Edinburgh: Printed by Murray & Cochrane. Sold by James Gillies and Andrew Macaulay, Booksellers, Glasgow 1796
  • ESTC T165155.


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8vo, pp. xxii, 550. Contemporary calf, spine divided by raised bands, red morocco label lettered in gilt, small paper label numbered ‘774’. A touch of spotting. Rubbed and scratched, spine creased. Ink ownership inscription of ‘Mr Walter Scott’ dated 1818 to front flyleaf, 19th-century booklabel of John Angus & Brothers, Mill-Wrights in Rosyth, to front pastedown.


The scarce second edition of this work by minister John Brown (1722-1787), with ESTC citing only five copies world wide, in the NLS, NLW, the Boston Athenaeum, as well as the Harvard and Union Theological Seminaries. Brown served as a minister in Haddington for most of his life, and was best known for his 'Dictionary of the Bible' and 'The Self Interpreting Bible'. This copy belonged to a namesake of the novelist Sir Walter Scott (the hand is clearly not his), and was later in the collection of a firm of millwrights in Rosyth, who evidently had a library big enough for a custom-printed label.

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