The History of Mahomet, the Great Imposter. Containing his birth and parentage - His Wives - His journey into Heaven, and the extraordinary things which he saw - His Alcoran and War, and his Death and Burial at Medina
Glasgow: Printed for the Booksellers, [1840–1860 per University of Glasgow Union Catalogue of Scottish Chapbooks]. 155 by 90mm (6 by 3½ inches). Single sheet folded into 24 pages. “126” is printed at the foot of the title page. Woodcut image of an old man wearing a wig and dressed in a coat and collar on title page. Good with small tears and some fading. A scarce Scottish chapbook on the history of Mohammed and the rise of Islam. It’s rabidly anti-Islam as Mohammed is portrayed throughout as devious, crafty and manipulative. Readers are fomented to believe that if they fail to convert to Islam, then the followers of Mohammed will attempt to kill them. Islam is then contrasted with the redemption of mankind through Jesus. Chapbooks were popular in Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries. Produced cheaply and sold by peddlers for a penny or less they formed the staple reading material of common people. They were usually printed on a single sheet and folded into books. At the time of cataloguing, no other copy for sale and no auction records—this is a scarce one!
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