HURD'S THE RELIGIOUS RITES, CEREMONIES AND CUSTOMS OF THE WHOLE WORLD, WITH 60 FOLIO ENGRAVED PLATES
HURD, William. A New Universal History of the Religious Rites, Ceremonies, and Customs of the Whole World. London: Alexander Hogg, circa 1780. Folio (measures 10 by 14 inches), contemporary full dark brown mottled calf rebacked with original spine laid down, raised bands, renewed red morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. $3200.
First edition of Hurd's richly illustrated survey of world religions, with engraved frontispiece and 60 fine folio copperplate engravings depicting religious rites and ceremonies from around the world.
Hurd covers, among others, the modern Jews, the Japanese, and the Native Americans of Canada, California, and Florida. Publisher Alexander Hogg also published Anderson's renowned illustrated compilation of voyages around the same time. Bookplate.
Mild soiling to title page; text and plates clean and fine. Expert restoration to corners. Attractive in contemporary mottled calf.