Pietas Hallensis: or a publick Demonstration of the Foot-Steps of a Divine Being yet in the World: in an Historical Narrative of the Orphan-house, and other charitable Institutions, at Glaucha near Hall in Saxony.

FRANCKE Augustus Hermann (1705)

£950.00  [First Edition]

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...Continued to the beginning of the Year MCDDII, in a Letter to a Friend. And now done out of High-Dutch into English. With a Preface bringing it down to the present Time; together with a short History of Pietism, and an Appendix containing several Instruments and Publick Papers relating to this Work.


First Edition in English. 8vo (175 x 105mm). [8], xlviii, 240pp., with an engraved folding frontispiece and a single leaf of engraved music in the text. A few gatherings rather browned and two leaves P1-2 a little shorter at the lower margin, folding frontispiece a little stained and crumpled but otherwise very clean. Contemporary sheep, covers ruled in blind, spine divided by five raised bands, plain endpapers, red sprinkled edges (joints slightly split at the head and foot but holding firm, binding a little rubbed and scuffed).


London: Printed and Sold by J. Downing, 

A re-issue of the sheets of the 1705 English translation with a new title-page. The 1705 edition was published under the slightly different title, Pietas Hallensis, or, A publick demonstration of the foot-steps of a divine being yet in the world. 


An account of the Lutheran philanthropist August Hermann Franck's influential orphanage in Glaucha (in Saxony) including a history of the institution and its founding alongside details of books printed there by the orphans and the rules governing the children. Translated into English by Anton Wilhelm Bohme.


Provenance: Sarah Hartwell, inscription on the front flyleaf, "Her Book / July ye 9 / 1753" and a note on the preceding leaf, "given m by Doctor Harris". Later book label of the Broughton Baptist Library. 


Stock Code: 253667

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