[WRIGHT, George]. The Rural Christian; or, The Pleasures of Religion. An Allegorical Poem in Four Books. To which are added, Sylvan Letters. London: J. Buckland, 1772. 8° (172 x 110mm). Engraved frontispiece and one engraved plate by T. Kitchin after Wright (occasional light spotting and marking). Contemporary sheep, spine gilt in compartments (rubbed and scuffed with small losses, spine-ends chipped, splits on joints). Provenance: Jane Ashley (early inscription on title). FIRST EDITION. RARE. First published in 1772, new editions of The Rural Christian followed in 1776, 1781, and 1794; the present, first edition (which is illustrated by the author) is particularly scarce, with ESTC only recording four copies (the British Library and the Bodleian in Britain; University of Alberta Library in Canada; William Andrews Clark Library, University of California in North America). Similarly, the work is rare at auction, and no copy is recorded by ABPC since 1975. ESTC T60900
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