The Evangelical Expositor; or “A Commentary on the Holy Bible” Glasgow: Blackie & Son, 1839.


Three volumes bound as two. Quarto, contemporary full paneled blindtooled calf, raised bands, red and black morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges. Later edition of Haweis’ extensive, evangelical commentary on Scripture, presented within the biblical text itself, illustrated with 14 engraved plates (including five maps), handsomely bound by Carss.

Not only an eloquent Calvinist preacher and enthusiastic supporter of foreign missions but also a writer of hymns, Haweis here presents the text of the King James Bible interspersed with commentary designed (according to his preface) “to elucidate the more difficult passages, or to apply the more obvious to the conscience, or to spiritualize the ceremonies, or to enliven the parts purely historical, with observations practical and naturally arising from the subject.” With engraved frontispiece portrait of Haweis, additional engraved vignette title page (dated 1833). Bound with index and metrical psalter. First published 1766-67. Binders’ small tickets. Occasional light foxing, slight marginal damp staining to first few leaves of Volume II; contemporary bindings handsome. Nearly fine condition, binding is very good and the book is very readable despite its age and size.

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