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Some Fruits of Solitude
Author: Penn, William
Reference #: 2083
Status: For Sale
List Price: $80.00
George C. Harrap & Co., London, n.d., but a gift inscription from 1908 on the half title. 12mo (5.5”); limp leather, lapp style and uniformly sun-faded; frontis port. with tissue guard. , 25-31, , 33-261 pp. Originally published anonymously in 1682, many, many editions followed; this volume is not mis-paginated, but has omitted opening material from another printing. It includes, with continuous pagination, the Second Part, “More Fruits of Solitude” (pp. 177 ff.) The half-title is unopened. Two-colour Title Page; illustrated endpapers, and silk bookmark loosely laid in. The font cover, single ruled in blind, features gilt titles over
Penn, a Quaker (Society of Friends) was imprisoned in The Tower of London (1668) for his writings. After his eventual release he joined members of the Society in America; the colony he founded eventually becoming the State of Pennsylvania. While much of his early pamphlets were in the nature of attacks on both Roman Catholicism and various Protestant groups, the popularity of this collection is due to its presentation of the need for a balanced life, including instruction on diet and on the importance of good friends.
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