Some Account of the Great Fire, Which has already destroyed so much, and is Now Burning; With Several Affecting Particulars Concerning the Poor Sufferers. Chapbook, Anonymous.

Some Account of the Great Fire, Which has already destroyed so much, and is Now Burning; With Several Affecting Particulars Concerning the Poor Sufferers.

London: Printed and sold by J. Evans and Son, No. 42, Long-lane, [between 1814-1820]. Likely a later edition. 8vo, removed pamphlet, 8 pages. Wood-engraved title page vignette of a woman leaning out of a window with flames burning around her and a ladder just out of reach. A few spots of foxing; cheap paper a trifle toned, small tear from the lower corner of the title page; a very good copy. Item #16710

With the additional information in the imprint that the tract is also for sale at F. Collins and at J. Nisbet. An edifying cheap penny tract from Evans, of the sensationalist-tease variety--the great fire is of course to be understood as an allegorical reading of James 3:6 ("And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell") despite the visual cues of a topical account of disaster. Evans had of course been one of the later printers of the Cheap Repository Tracts, and while this title does not appear to be noted in Shiner's preliminary list of Cheap Repository Tract publications at the Clark Library (which includes titles reprinted from the Hazard & Marshall editions). Per the copy of this title on Copac located at the Bodleian, "J. Evans and Son operated at this address between 1814 and 1820, see Brown, P. London publishers and printers ca. 1800-1870." With an additional imprint at the foot of the text and the designation *T* / 8.

Price: $50.00

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