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2nd edition. Rare. Joseph Blanco White [formerly José María Blanco y Crespo] (1775-1841) was a Spanish émigré to England and Ireland. White was ordained as priest in Seville in 1798, but subsequently underwent a profound crisis of faith and, a few years later, abandoned the practice of the priesthood. During the Peninsular War (1808-1814), after joining the resistance against the French in Seville, he fled Spain and settled in England. Here he established himself as an influential political journalist, novelist, translator, and poet. In London, White enjoyed the patronage of Lord Holland, whom he had already met in Seville. Under the influence of evangelical friends, notably the auctioneer James Christie the younger, he joined the Anglican communion in 1812. In 1825 White was persuaded by Southey that it was his 'duty' to warn the British public of the dangers of granting toleration to Roman Catholics, and to this end he wrote 'Practical and Internal Evidence Against Catholicism' (1825), a portrait of the writer as victim, in which he exposed his own life as a cautionary lesson. The present book is a simplified version of the above title, written at the suggestion of J. D. Coleridge. 'The Poor Man's Preservative Against Popery', first published in 1825, is written in the form of ‘conversations’ with a representative of the working class. Today, he is considered a ‘precursor of modern Spanish dissidence’ (Vicente Llorens and Juan Goytisolo). (ODNB)
Dealer Notes
12mo, cont. half-calf, rubbed/minor wear, marbled boards; title-piece to spine lost. Vg. [36894]
Author White, Joseph Blanco
Date 1826
Binding HB
Publisher C. & J. Rivington
Condition Very good
Pages viii, 108

Price: £75.00

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