A Letter from Rome, shewing an exact Conformity between Popery and Paganism: or, the Religion of the Present Romans derived from that of their heathen Ancestors … The third Edition, with Additions. .

London: Printed for William Innys and Richard Manby … 1733

4to., pp. 71, [1]; a fine copy, disbound.

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Third edition. ‘The significant achievement’ of a winter in Rome, collecting antiquities and recovering his health, was Middleton’s ‘Letter from Rome, published in 1729, which argued vigorously that many customs and rituals in the Roman Catholic Church derived from ancient pagan religion. Though not an original view, as Middleton admits in the preface, the autobiographical form, anecdotal reference, and crisp style gave the work a personally authentic tone of an English Protestant bemused at an exotic spectacle …. Middleton found especially revolting the more extreme ascetic practices of the Catholic penitents …’ (Oxford DNB).

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