Warburton, William. The Doctrine of Grace: or, the Office and Operations of the Holy Spirit Vindicated from The Insults of Infidelity, and The Abuses of Fanaticism: concluding With some Thoughts (humbly offered to the consideration of the Established Clergy) With regard to The right method of defending Religion against the attacks of either Party. London: A. Millar, 1763. First Edition.
Two volumes in half dark blue leather, blue marbled boards, 3 1/2 x 6 inches, vi., iii.-xviii., 340 clean pp. [Complete, see ESTC]. Gift bookplates from 1803 to the Library Company of Philadelphia, their later "duplicate sold" stamps on the bookplates. The bindings are circa 1900, and the new ffep's in each are detached and laid in. Recent former owner signature on front paste-downs, old paper labels top of spines. "1763" in gilt base of spines. Light rubbing - with all of that, an attractive set.  $350.00
No. 7309 in Roberts, Whitefield in Print: A Bibliographical Record of Works By, For, and Against George Whitefield. "Contains much on Whitefield, who is denounced as a fanatic." This book provoked responses in print from both John Wesley and George Whitefield.
ESTC T132385. "Printed by William Boyer; his records show 1000 copies printed." "Vol.1. ends at p. 150 - title page to Vol. 2 is not numbered, first page of vol 2 is 149."
William Warburton (1698-1779), Anglican bishop of Gloucester, literary critic and controversialist. Warburton wrote The Alliance between Church and State (1736) and The Divine Legation of Moses (1737-1741). He defended Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man, thereby gaining Pope's friendship, serving as Pope's literary executor on his death in 1744. Warburton published an edition of Shakespear's Works in 1747, and an edition of Pope's Works in 1751. "Through Pope, Warburton also became involved in numerous lively and acrimonious debates and literary controversies. Having become bishop of Gloucester in 1759, Warburton aroused opposition from Methodists for his attack on them in 1762 in The Doctrine of Grace." - Encyclopedia Britannica online.