London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842. Full leather. 16mo (6.4 in, 16.3 cm). [2 blanks] i-viii, 1-280 [2 blanks] pp. Eighth edition. Notes at end.
Best known work of Isaac Taylor (1787-1865). Originally published anonymously in 1829, Natural History of Enthusiasm detailed the dangers of false piety with chapter titles such as Enthusiastic Perversions of the Doctrine of Divine Influence, Enthusiasm the Source of Heresy, and Enthusiasm of Philanthropy.
NCBEL 1604. Finely bound in sheep with elaborately gilt-decorated compartments, raised bands, and gilt-lettered black leather label to spine; gilt borders and turn-ins to panels. All edges and endpapers marbled. Armorial bookplates of Henry Tongood and Lucien d' Ursin gracefully inscribed; front fly-leaf with small graceful name and penciled summary in Italian. Front joint with small chip and starting, panels lightly scuffed, corners rubbed, preliminary and terminal blanks faintly foxed, pages lightly age toned. Very good+. Item #751