A BRIEF EXPOSITION OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE NEW CHURCH, UNDERSTOOD IN THE APOCALYPSE BY THE NEW JERUSALEM; WHEREIN IS ALSO DEMONSTRATED, THAT THROUGHOUT ALL THE CHRISTIAN WORLD THE WORSHIPPING OF THREE GODS IS RECEIVED, FROM THE CREED OF ST. ATHANASIUS
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London: Printed by M. Lewis, 1769. 159,pp. Octavo. 19th century calf and marbled boards, gilt label. Small marginal snag in last leaf mended on blank verso, endsheets a bit foxed, tiny tidemark in upper forecorner of terminal leaf, binding a bit rubbed, bookseller's collation note and comment (in ink) on endsheets, otherwise a very good or better copy. First edition in English of Swedenborg's SUMMARIA EXPOSITIO DOCTRINAE NOVAE ECCLESIAE, published within the same year as the first edition, which was published in Latin in Amsterdam. The translation is attributed to John Marchant, and Swedenborg read the proofs and underwrote its publication. As often, the error on p.103 (not included in the errata on p. 159) is corrected in manuscript. In this late work, the influential scientist-turned- mystic attempted a point by point comparison of fundamental Catholic and Protestant doctrines with the teachings of the New Church. An uncommon book: ESTC locates eight copies, four of them in North America (Yale, UT, Huntington, and the Academy of the New Church). A new translation was published in 1789. ESTC T137426. HYDE 2477.