The Rural Christian. To which is added Sylvan Letters; or…

~ The Rural Christian. To which is added Sylvan Letters; or the Pleasures of a Country Life, in Prose and Verse. The Third Edition, Enlarged, with occasional Notes... London: Printed for James Buckland... 1781.

12mo (172 × 98 mm), pp. x, [6], 260, [4], including engraved title (with hand-coloured vignette) plus 2 plates; slight waterstain to upper margin of the first few leaves; contemporary sheep, spine ruled in gilt, unlettered, joints cracked, slight loss to the upper, but secure.

First published in 1772. All editions rare, with this edition held by the BL (ESTC) and Library of Congress (added by Jackson) only. a popular poem which ran to at least four more eighteenth-century editions. A devout accompaniment to countryside reflection; in the words of the frontispiece caption: ‘Retire and read thy Bible to be Gay’. Jackson, p. 16.

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