A wonderful first edition of the first more nuanced articulation from Wesley of "What it means to be a Methodist." He employs the metaphor of a house; the house being Methodism itself. For Wesley, the porch is repentance; the door is faith; and the interior of the home is the life of holiness. Here we see for Wesley already the door eclipsed; it is what one does on the other side of the door, the experience of pure love and holiness, we might say spiritual life, that defines Methodism, and in his view, Christianity proper.
Wesley, John. The Principles of a Methodist Farther Explain'd: Occasioned by the Reverend Mr. Church's Second Letter to Mr. Wesley: In a Second Letter to that Gentleman. London. Printed by W. Strahan; and Sold by T. Tryf, near Gray's-Inn Gate, Holborn; H. Butler, in Bow-Church-Yard, Cheapside; and at the Foundary near Upper-Moorfields. 1746. First Edition. 79pp
Textually complete, this unusual early Methodist work has been removed from a larger sammelband; remainder of binding and some tears and abrasions at spine; corners rounded, some handling as shown. Textually complete and very usable. Weakened and could stand being stitched.