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[PORTER, Thomas, of Romsey, Hants.].
Serious Thoughts on the Birth of a Child.

pp. 84. BOUND WITH : GILES, W[illiam]. A Treatise on Marriage. Being Serious Thoughts on The original Design of that sacred Institution, and the absolute Importance of its Solemnization between real Christians, for promoting mutual Happiness. To which are added, Strictures on the Education of Children; Containing Instructive Rules, deduced from Scripture and Experience, calculated to form their tender Minds, and train them up in the Paths of Glory. Printed by M. Lewis, And sold by J. Buckland, in Paternoster-Row, and others. London. 1771. 8vo. pp. xii, 134. [SUB-TITLE to Strictures on Education at page (67)]. Contemporary calf newly rebacked, corners repaired, old and faded damp-marking in the top margins towards the end of the Porter title, the Giles title lacks the first leaf of the Preface and the final Errata leaf has been cut out, with the lines of Errata pasted to the verso of the half-title [as in the British Library copy], heavy press-work has caused a tiny hole at the letter 'T' of 'Thoughts' in the Porter title.

*Both titles are very scarce - the first, ascribed to THOMAS PORTER in a contemporary ink note on the title, is only recorded from the British Library and the Congregational Library in the UK by ESTC [ T69634], with the addition of the NLS on COPAC. None of these entries records Porter as the author. There are records of a Thomas Porter, writing in defence of Unitarianism - A letter to Dr. Hawker : on his pretended reply to Mr. Porter's Defence of Unitarianism / by the author of that defence..Porter, Thomas, active 1790-1835. Plymouth : Printed and sold by B. Haydon; sold also by J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church-Yard, London., MDCCXCIII. [1793] - but it seems unlikely to be the same man. However, there is no doubt as to the identity of the Rev. Thomas Porter, Dissenting minister, in the following : A Sermon preached at Romsey, Hants ... on occasion of the settlement of ... T. Porter, with the Congregation of Protestant Dissenters there. MS. notes [in pencil, by the Author?]. / [By TOLLER, Thomas, Dissenting Minister of Silver St. and Hoxton Square.]. J. Buckland. London, 1772. The GILES title is only recorded for the NLS, the Bodleian and the BL, and in the United States from 4 locations plus the Polish Academy of Sciences, on both ESTC [T51639] and COPAC. Giles was the author of a similar tract - "The guide to domestic happiness", 1776, also published by J. Buckland, which ran to many editions, into the nineteenth century, certainly up until 1825. J. Buckland, publishers of London, were prolific publishers, primarily of religious tracts.

Printed for J. Buckland in Paternoster-Row. London.

Date Published: 1775. 8vo.

Stock No. 60654

Price: 600.00