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Memoirs of Joseph John Gurney [inscribed]

 
Memoirs of Joseph John Gurney [inscribed] by BRAITHWAITE, Joseph Bevan (1854)
Author: BRAITHWAITE, Joseph Bevan
Title: Memoirs of Joseph John Gurney [inscribed]
 
Year: 1854
Publisher: Fletcher & Alexander
Place: Norwich, London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £150
 
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Two volume biography of the prominent Norfolk Quaker and banker, brother of Elizabeth Fry, and evangelical minister whose views led to a schism among American Quakers. Bound in publisher's embossed green cloth with gilt lettering and yellow endpapers, corners slightly bumped but a very good set. The author's gift inscription appears on the verso of the first endpaper of each volume to his sister: 'Elizabeth Gillett from her fondly attached brother and sister J B and M Braithwaite 5th month 23rd 1854.' After the recipient's death a second gift inscription was made from within the family, inscribed to the recto of the same leaf: 'J and A R Gillett, in remembrance of their niece, Elizabeth Gillett who died 30th of 4th Month 1862'. These two gift inscriptions appear in both volumes. The book's author also wrote the Richmond Declaration (Indiana) which has been used as a standard by some groups of Quakers ever since. A remarkable man in every respect, both abolitionist and prison reformer, Joseph John Gurney once found the young George Borrow illicitly fishing on his land and promptly introduced him to his library.
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