An Epitome of the History of the World, from the Creation to the Advent of the Messiah, exhibiting the fulfillment of Scripture Prophecies, particularly in relation to the Jews; evincing the connexion of divine dispensations through a period of four thousand years. The second edition.

  • Hoyland, John
  • York: Printed for the Author 1814


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2 vols., 8vo, pp. xliii, [i], 523, [1]; x, 494, [2, ads]. Errata slip at end of second vol. Untrimmed in original grey paper boards. Slightly dusty, a few spots, blank corner of errata slip torn. Rebacked with buff paper, new printed paper labels, edges worn. Ownership stamp of R. Barclay Murdoch to title-pages and endpapers, typed booklabel of an Edinburgh Friends Meeting House (amended in ink) to pastedowns.


John Hoyland (1750-1831) initially published this treatise anonymously, though it must have sold reasonably well to see a second edition two years after the first (albeit still self-published) and a third the following decade. The text analyses scriptural history, in the process identifies biblical sources for figures in Greek mythology. Heyland was a Quaker, though temporarily 'disunited' because of a relationship with 'a black-eyed gipsy girl' (ODNB), and this copy has Quaker provenance; R. Barclay Murdoch was a Quaker publisher and it was later in the library of the Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh, first when it was on Rutland Street and then Stafford Street.

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