Undated, printed for Scott and Webster; published around 1842.
Full leather binding with spine label. Toiled gilt decoration to the cover, and bright gilt page edges. Engraved illustrations on the title pages. Includes an index.
Full title: 'A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes in This Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity'.
The author, William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833] was a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A supporter of the evangelical wing of the Church of England, Wilberforce believed that the revitalisation of the Church and individual Christian observance would lead to a harmonious, moral society.
He sought to elevate the status of religion in public and private life, making piety fashionable in both the upper- and middle-classes of society. To this end, in April 1797, Wilberforce published A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes of This Country Contrasted With Real Christianity, on which he had been working since 1793. This was an exposition of New Testament doctrine and teachings and a call for a revival of Christianity, as a response to the moral decline of the nation, illustrating his own personal testimony and the views which inspired him. The book proved to be influential and a best-seller by the standards of the day; 7,500 copies were sold within six months, and it was translated into several languages.
Rubbing wear to the leather covers. A former owner's bookplate is attached to the inside end paper, and another is inscribed on the facing page, dated 1846. Some light foxing, however the pages are pretty clean, although a little yellowed, and the binding is firm.