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The Great Power and Rage of the Devil in Tempting, Laid open in the following Discourse; being one of the greatest manifestations of Satan's Malice against God, and the Soul of Man, as has been Extant in this Age of the World. Written from the Author's own Experience, who for above Twenty Years past, hath been molested by Evil Spirits Night and Day; with Millions of Injectments and Temptations to Blasphemy by means of which, he is deprived of Rest, and Sleep, to this very Instant of Time. In these Terrible Conflicts, with the Grand Enemy of Souls, the Wonderful Mercy and power of God, hath been Exalted, in Supporting, and Preserving him, in the Depth of his Spiritual Misery; an Account of which he hath now Published, for a Memorial of the m
Printed for J. Wilford near Stationers Hall, London 1730 - Hardcover. Octavo. viii + 40pp. Superb later full calf binding, raised bands & gilt title on spine. An odd tale of demonic possession and redemption; the author describes how he fell into sinful ways and constant temptation, and his struggles against Satan "My soul was become the very Habitation of Devils and every unclean Thought. Satan was returned with seven other Spirits more wicked than himself, which roared and raged blasphemously within; in such an unutterable Manner than I can neither express it with Tounge nor Pen as I have felt it." Millard published the work himself, "for a Memorial of the Glory of God and the Benefit and Instruction of all those who may Labour under the like temptations" and presumably also for his own financial benefit. The work ran through three stated and one unstated editions, each apparently revised and expanded, and with slightly different title. The first edition (1723) was titled "The Great Mercy and Power of God, in Succouring the Tempted ; wonderfully manifested in the case of Edward Millard . "; the second (unstated) edition (circa 1725) was titled "The Strange and Surprising Case of Edward Millard . "; the second stated edition (circa 1727) was titled "A Brief and True Relation of the Surprising Case of Edward Millard . " The volume here described is the third stated edition (1730). This particular edition is of the utmost rarity: we were unable to locate any copies in modern library catalogues (none in Worldcat etc.) Indeed the only reference of any sort to a volume by Millard with this title is a copy that is described on p. 259 of the privately-published "Catalogue of the Library in Sir John Soame's Museum (1878). From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, with his ex-libris seal blind-stamped on the front free endpaper. Spine slightly faded, hint of bumps to corners of boards, page-edges lightly browned, endpapers darkened at edges, title & last page slightly darkened (mostly at the edges). Still a clean, fresh VG + copy of a truly rare work. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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