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WARD, William.
Account of the Writings, Religion, and Manners, of the Hindoos:
Serampore: At the Mission Press,, 1811. 4 volumes quarto (237 x 183 mm). Near contemporary half calf, green pimple-grained cloth, titles gilt direct to spines, low narrow bands with gilt dotted roll, enclosed between double gilt rolls, dog-tooth roll to spine and corner edges, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. Perhaps a "native" binding. All errata leaves present. Somewhat rubbed, particularly at the extremities, errata leaf to volume I lacking the top corner, no loss, now repaired, foxing front and back, and typical browning throughout, but remains a very good set indeed. The first volume was first published in 1806, but no copies traced, this full edition being issued in 1811 from the Mission Press that Ward laboured so hard to establish. Extremely uncommon, just one set traced at auction, maybe 20 locations institutionally. Trained as a printer, and working in that capacity on various newspapers in the Midlands, and then in Hull at the Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette, Ward had suffered from severe spiritual crises - 'fierce volcano fires not to be quenched by a mere sprinkling of words' - before he was baptised at Hull in 1796. He subsequently attended "the theological academy of John Fawcett at Halifax, where he studied for a year and a half. In the autumn of 1798 a member of the committee of the newly founded Baptist Missionary Society visited and Ward offered himself as a missionary, influenced perhaps by a remark made to him in 1793 by William Carey concerning the need of a printer in the Indian mission field. He sailed from England in the Criterion in … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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