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God's judgements against sin: or, a relation of three dreadful fires happening in the city of Edinburgh

Author James Porterfield
Title God's judgements against sin: or, a relation of three dreadful fires happening in the city of Edinburgh
Imprint Edinburgh: James Watson
Date of Publication 1702
Language English
Notes First edition of a long poem taking as its main subject three major fires in Edinburgh during the years 1696 to 1701, all seen as evidence of God's displeasure with the sins of the city. The fire of 3 February 1700, which is covered in depth, was one of the most serious in Edinburgh history, destroying all of the tenement buildings on the eastern and southern side of Parliament Close. It also threatened the Advocates Library. James Stevenson, the then librarian, acted heroically in evacuating the books from the building. Unfortunately some of the books were dropped in the street during the evacuation and the Advocates made an appeal in the "Edinburgh Gazette" for any books with their ownership inscription to be returned.
Shelfmark RB.s.2936
Reference Sources Bookseller's notes
Acquired on 22/04/17
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