The Bank Note, or, engraver carv’d; in answer to Onesimus,…

London non-conformity

~ The Bank Note, or, engraver carv’d; in answer to Onesimus, the ecclesiastical state tinker... London: [R. Wilks] for the author, “And sold at Nethaneel Chapel, on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings; at the Rev. J. Carter’s Meeting, Portsea; by I. Miller, Bookseller, 72, Chancery Lane; Mr. Biddle, No. 11, Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square; T. Ball, Whittlesea, Isle of Ely; and J. Fitzjohn, King’s Cliff, Northamptonshire”, 1806.

8vo (228 × 145 mm.), pp. 74, [2] (‘List of Mr. M’Culla’s Works’). Title and final leaf (forming a wrapper) slightly dusty, stained and frayed, slight loss to inner margin of title (not affecting text) where previously attached to the later binding, edges dusty throughout, a few minor tears and repairs. Later nineteenth-century cloth, flat spine lettered in gilt.

First and only edition of this virulent sectarian attack on the antinomian artist/engraver Garnet Terry (‘Onesimus’) by a dissenting ‘Minister of the Gospel at Nethaneel chapel, Eden Street, Tottenham Court Road’. The ‘minister of darkness’, Terry, and his ‘religious and political principles’, promulgated from ‘his haunt in Clare Court, Drury Lane’ are roundly dismissed in seven letters. M’Culla refers repeatedly to a book by Onesimus put into his hands by a bookseller, which we have been unable to identify from library catalogues: Terry’s earlier publications appear to have been on the subject of engraving or were simply short pamphlets. The work referred to by M’Culla ran to over 200 pages, if we can trust his references.

The imprint and final advert provide a useful insight into the dissemination of non-conformist writings. COPAC lists only the British Library copy; not found in OCLC.

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