Catechetical Exercises; by WILLIAMS, Morgan (1749-1830).

WILLIAMS, Morgan (1749-1830).

Catechetical Exercises; designed for the Benefit of Private Learners, as well as for the Use of Young Scholars at School, Numbered and Divided into Eight Lessons. Compiled by the Rev. Morgan Williams, Editor of the “Treasury of Theological Knowledge, &c”, from Approved Authorities. Carmarthen, J. Evans, 1822.

FIRST EDITION. 16mo (105 x 60 mm), pp. [iv], [5]-159, [1], occasional browning in text, in contemporary marbled paper boards, slightly chipped along joints and head and tail of spine, with an early ink inscription to the front endpaper, ‘Castle Green, Cardigan’.

A scarce Welsh juvenile devotional work, intended for both private and school use by children. Presented in eight chapters in question and answer form, including ‘On the Being and Attributes of God’, ‘On the Mahometan, Pagan, Jewish and Christian Religions’, ‘On Miracles’, ‘On the dire Effects of Sin, and the Means of Grace’ and ‘On a Variety of entertaining Subjects’. This last chapter includes proverbs, amusing anecdotes, prayers and a chronology. Unusually, all the questions in the catechism, or main, section of the work are given in a long list and these are then followed by all the answers, rather than the questions and answers being given consecutively, as is more usual. A possible reason for this might be to promote personal learning and testing, especially given that the principal design of the work is ‘for the Benefit of Private Learners’.

OCLC and Copac list Bodleian only.

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