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12mo - 17 x 12 cm.; 396 pp. Dark maroon cloth with gilt lettering and decorative banding on spine with blind stamped borders on both front and back boards. "Walmesley was a respected astronomer and onetime Catholic Bishop of York, but he seems to have maintained the Newtonian tradition of eschatological speculation. Writing under the pseudonym “Signor Pastorini, ” around 1790 he published an often-reprinted “General History of the Christian Church, ” based on the Book of Revelation. Among other points, he suggests that the locusts of Revelation, Chapter 9, represent the Protestant sects, and that the period during which they would torment the world would last just 300 years. " (From a review by John Reilly of "Irish Recollections" by C. E. Tonna). This interpretation was also known as the Rockite eschatology, named in honour of a fictional Captain Rock identified with the populist Catholic uprising in Ireland against the Protestant land owners and overlords. The prophetic interpretations of St. John's writings by Walmesley became known as the Pastorini Prophecies and enjoyed wide circulation with the common people both in Ireland and elsewhere. There are no approbations present. No date is shown for this, the fifth American edition by Sadlier. Typical of Sadlier editions, it still has a nice presentation that belies the poor quality of paper used. The text pages are browned with some brittleness present in the first signature and more so in the gutter margins. The front hinge shows some cracking at the tail whilst the binding itself is still quite strong and sturdy. The spine is faded with the corners and spine crown/heel show mild shelf wear The library mentioned is a church library with the only marking being a stamp on each of the front end papers and no external markings. A clear and removable archival cover has been fitted.
Title: The General History of the Christian Church from Her Birth to Her Final Triumphant State in Heaven Chiefly Deduced from the Apocalypse of St. John, the Apostle and Evangelist.
Publisher: New York., D. & J. Sadlier & Co.:
Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 11366
Keywords: Eschatology, Irish, History, Catholic, Apocalypse Rockite Protestantism Rockism Pastorini Prophecies