The Kirkiad; or, golden Age of the Church of Scotland.…

~ The Kirkiad; or, golden Age of the Church of Scotland. Canto 1. [all published]. Edinburgh: Printed in the year MDCCLXXIV: sold by W. Drummond, Ossian’s Head, J. Dickson in the Exchange, and C. Elliot, Parliament-Close. 1774.

8vo (210 × 125 mm), pp. [2], iv, 44, with half-title (slightly soiled and frayed); light browning and thumbing; later red half calf, gilt, green paper boards, by Philip Dusel.

First edition of this anonymously-issued satire on the Moderate party of the Scottish National Church and the complacency of its doctrines and preaching. Bruce grew up in a Secessionist household near Sterling and was educated at the University of Glasgow. In 1786 he was appointed professor of divinity for the General Associate Synod and was influential as a teacher. A good number of his pupils became missionaries in America. Not in Jackson; ESTC lists a number of UK copies (most, naturally in Scotland) and 5 copies elsewhere: Harvard, Lilly, Illinois, Yale and Otago (NZ).

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