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URSACHEN UND GRÜNDE WELCHE HAUPTSÄCHLICH ANLAß GEGEBEN, DIE PHILADELPHISCHE SOCIETÄT AUFZURICHTEN UND ZU BEFÖRDEREN SO WOL AUCH AUS DENENSELBEN AUSGEZOGENE, UND IN HEIL. SCHRIFFT GEGRÜNDETE PROPOSITIONES. UND DENN ENDLICH DER ZUSTAND UND BESCHAFFENHEIT DIESER SOCIETÄT: ODER DIE GRÜNDE, WORAUFF SIE STEHET: PRO UND CONTRA GENAUER BETRACHTET, UND ZU ABWENDUNG ALLER MISVERSTÄNDNÜSSEN ÖFFENTLICH AN TAG GEGEBEN
Im Jahr, Amsterdam 1698 - 95,[1]pp. Small octavo. 19th century paper over boards. Engraved title vignette. Some surface chipping to binding at extremities, occasional early ink annotations (including the scoring through of a name and an attribute of another name on the dedication page), occasional light early underscores, two terminal text leaves a bit creased and torn at gutter, with no loss, but a good or better copy. One of two 1698 editions in German of Lead's A MESSAGE TO THE PHILADELPHIAN SOCIETY (London, 1696). The other has a completely different setting of the title-page, with a large floral device rather than the detailed allegorical engraving that appears in this copy. Lead (1624-1704), an English mystic and visionary heavily influenced by the writings of Jacob Boehme, gathered around her a circle of like minded individuals formalized as the Philadelphia Society for the Advancement of Piety and Divine Philosophy, which flourished until the years immediately following her death in 1704. The Society oversaw the publication of her works, and fostered converts in Europe, as well as in North America. This work includes an explanation of the Society's purpose as well as its constitution. Her writings had some influence on later generations of serious religious thinkers, as well as on esoterics of various flavors and a genuine crackpot or two. Lead's original English publications tend to be quite rare -- ESTC locates only 6 copies of the London printing of this text. And although OCLC/Worldcat finds a decent number of copies of this German text held by European institutions scattered among several records, Bethel College and Duke are the only North American locations recorded there for copies of one or the other original edition.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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