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Steele, Richard
An Antidote Against Distractions
New York: Printed and sold by J. Parker and W. Weyman.., 1754. About very good.. [8],128pp. Disbound, remnants of binding cords present. Trimmed closely, occasionally affecting catchwords or signature marks; one leaf of text affected along fore edge. Light toning and scattered foxing, lightly worn. First American edition, published nearly a century after the first British edition (1667). The British edition is subtitled, "Or, An Indeavour to Serve the Church, in the Daily Case of Wandrings in the Worship of God." Steele (1629-1692) was a nonconformist minister and a Parliamentarian in the English Civil War. This resulted in some difficulty for him after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The text addressed in the present work is I Corinthians 7:35, "That you may attend upon the Lord without distractions." Steele, the son of a farmer, wrote for the edification of the common man. "As a result of his humble background Steele was well suited to writing works of popular piety. In 1668 he wrote The Husbandman's Calling, which was succeeded by The Tradesman's Calling in 1684. Both these works commended the godly life to the lower orders and sought to teach farmers and shopkeepers how labouring in their calling could be used to find proof of the grace of God; the latter work was one of the first to be given away by the Society for Promoting Religious Knowledge. He also wrote A Discourse Concerning Old Age (1688) to assist those facing their last years to obtain religious certainty" - DNB (online).We locate no copies of this work in auction records over the past cen … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: McBride Rare Books [United States]
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