THE NEW JERUSALEM

De nova Hierosolyma et ejus Doctrina Coelesti: ex Auditis e Coelo.  Quibus praemittitur aliquid de Novo Coelo & nova Terra. 

London, [John Lewis,] 1758. 

4to, pp. 156, [2 (errata, blank)]; woodcut ornament to title; light dampstain to corners of two quires (D, E), but a fine copy in contemporary speckled sheep; very skilful repairs to endcaps; unidentified gilt shelf-mark ‘2304’ on spine.

£975

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First edition of Swedenborg’s ‘New Jerusalem’, in which he describes a new church based on faith, charity, and the unification of existing protestant churches. 

Swedenborg’s ideal was to be posthumously realized in the New Church, sometimes called the Church of the New Jerusalem, founded in England in 1787 fifteen years after his death.  Several branches appeared in its first year, and it held its first General Conference in Great Eastcheap, London, in 1789.  Founded upon the basic tenets of Swedenborg’s theological writings, especially De Nova Hierosolyma, the church emphasised the importance of missionary work, and his teachings were carried to United States.  One famous missionary was John Chapman, known as Johnny Appleseed, the pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of the United States. 

Hyde, 1210. 

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