Good. Item #000838
New York: John W. Lovell Company, . One-volume edition of a work simultaneously published, and often seen, in two volumes. Octavo; xix + 754pp + 10p of bound-in publisher's prospectuses. Half leather binding with raised spine bands and lithographic Spanish-marbled boards. Matching Spanish-marbled endpapers with similar marbling to all edges of textblock. Gilt lettering on spine with title stamped within dark crimson panel; vestiges of lower black panel that once showed author's name, and gilt ornaments between bands.
Leather is abraded on all edges and ridge-tops of raised bands. Black inset panel with author's name missing from spine. Front joint and hinge cracked, but panel still holding to book by original bands. Rear joint and hinge solid. Textblock very clean, square, and tight. Appended, separately paginated, publisher's prospectuses were wrinkled in the gutter at the moment of binding, but all text is legible on them.
Bombay-born Farrar would eventually serve as Chaplain to Queen Victoria, Archdeacon of Westminster, and Dean of Canterbury, among many other leading ecclesiastical roles. He dedicated this work—intended as a popular exposition of Christianity for a rationalizing but believing public—to the poet Robert Browning, and would eventually serve as a pall-bearer at Charles Darwin's funeral. Farrar epitomized the Victorian Christian apologist, moving ably among the very circles where Christianity was facing rationalist skepticism.