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1 Froude, J.A. James Anthony. The Nemesis of Faith.

London: John Chapman, 1849. First edition (Wolff, 2365). Original brown cloth, gilt, decorated in blind, yellow coated endpapers. Two 24 pp. publisher's catalogues bound at the back, "New and Recent Works" dated January, 1849, and "American Books and Periodicals", dated January 1st, 1849. A gift inscription dated April, 1849, in Latin, to German historian of the Christian church "A. (August) Neander, from Manchester Unitarian minister John Relly Beard. Neander was seemingly well respected by English speaking Christian churchmen - his 4600 volume library was purchased by Roswell S. Burrows, an American businessman, who then donated to the Rochester (New York) Theological Seminary a few years after Neander's death in 1850. This epistolary novel is a narrative of the loss of faith of a young student at Oxford. "A most important religious novel....this is the novel that William Sewell....a fierce Tractarian, burned in the college quadrangle as indecent" (Wolff). The incident "...created a large demand for the book, and a second edition was published in the same year" (DNB). Froude, having written to Emerson for advice, and following his friend Arthur Hugh Clough, resigned his fellowship at Oxford. Bound without the last two leaves (L7,8, blanks). Cocked, spine panel badly worn, and a library number stenciled there, endpapers cracking. A poor copy. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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