Publisher, Darton and Harvey, Bristol and London, 1806.
Hardback, 1/2 bound in contemporary leather and with gilt lettering to the spine, with marbled boards, pp. 488 pages + 2 pages of publisher’s advertisements.
Condition, Used-Good. The case of the book is in very good condition with some expected signs of its age. There is noticeable shelf wear to the boards. The leather on the spine and corners is scuffed with wear and a little loss to the leather on the corner tips; The contents are tight and clean apart from a few small marks and some faint foxing on the first few pages and a name, place and date (1823) written on the top corner of the title page. Overall a nice book.
The volume is a scarce translation of her autobiography, together with her better known work “The Short and Easy Method of Prayer“. I believe this to be the second of only two editions, the first having been published in Dublin in 1775.
Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon, known as Madame Guyon or Lady Guion, lived from April 13, 1648, to June 9, 1717. She was a French mystic who is known as a Quietist, although she did not identify herself as one (Quietism is the pejorative name given to a set of Christian beliefs that rose in popularity in France, Italy, and Spain during the late 1670s and 1680s, particularly associated with the writings of the Spanish mystic Miguel de Molinos). Her religious ideas were controversial, and she was imprisoned in the Bastille for seven years.
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