Muggletonian Literature Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Muggletonian Literature Collection

Record Series: MsC-94

Creator: Roberts, Ronald

Date: 1822-1880

Extent: 2 boxes (0.42 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: This material is entirely in English.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Related Archival Materials:
  • Related archival materials can be found in the "Muggletonian Collection" at the University of South Carolina.
  • Additional materials can be found at the British Library.
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Historical Note

The Muggletonians were a small Protestant sect formed by John Reeve (1608-1658) and his cousin, Lodowicke Muggleton (1609-1698) in the 17th century. The group was anti-science and firmly believed that the sun orbited the Earth based on their understanding of Scripture. They also did not worship or pray and embraced a materialistic view of the world. In their early days, Muggletonians did not hold organized meetings or establish churches, instead meeting in small groups at local pubs to socialize and discuss their ideas. In the 19th century they began operating out of a more permanent London location. The last known member of the organization passed away in 1979.

Scope and Content

This collection was donated by emeritus faculty member Ronald Roberts and contains a selection of books and pamphlets dating from 1822-1880. Most are reprints of first editions published in the mid to late 18th century by members of the Muggletonians. Please see the inventory below for a complete list of titles.

Inventory

Box 1

  • The Articles of True Faith Depending Upon the Commission of the Spirit, by John Saddington, 1880. Walthamstow, London: Printed for Isaac Frost by H. Dongray.  Original paper self-wrappers, 13 pp. Reprint of the 1830 and 1675 editions.

  • A Divine Looking-Glass, by John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton, 1846. London: Catchpool & Trent.  Original paper self-wrappers, 184 pp. Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1661 and 1656 editions.

  • A General Epistle from the Holy Spirit unto all Prophets, Ministers, or Speakers in the World, by John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton, no date [but circa 1831-1833]. Clerkenwell, London: R. Brown.  Original blue paper wrappers, 8 pages. Reprint of the 1653 edition.

  • A General Epistle to Ministers, by John Reeve & Lodowick Muggleton, 1854. Bishopgate, London: Printed for Joseph Frost by Luke James Hansard.  Original paper self-wrappers, 60 pp. Pages uncut.

  • General Index to John Reeve & Lodowick Muggleton’s Works, no author, 1831. London: Joseph and Isaac Frost.  Original brown paper wrappers, 40 pp.

  • The Harmony of the Three Commissions, by Thomas Tompkinson, 1822. London: Printed for J. May by T.C. Annall.  Original blue paper wrappers, 172 pp. Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1757 and 1692 editions.

  • Joyful News from Heaven, by John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton, 1854. Bishopgate, London: Joseph Frost. Original paper self-wrappers, 50 pp.  Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1658 edition.

  • A List of Books and General Index to John Reeve & Lodowick Muggleton’s Works, no author, 1846, Clerkenwell, London: Feeny & Co.  Original paper self-wrappers, 24 pp.

  • A List of Reeve & Muggleton’s Writings, no author, 1843. Clerkenwell, London: R. Feeny.  Original paper self-wrappers, 16 pp.

  • The Muggletonian Principles Prevailing, by T.T. [Thomas Tompkinson], 1822.  London: T. Hayward. Original blue paper wrappers, 75 pp. Reprint of the 1695 edition.

  • A Practical Discourse Upon the Epistle by Jude, by Thomas Tompkinson, 1823.  Deal: Printed for James May & Joseph Gandar by J.B. Underdown. Original blue paper wrappers, 215 pages.  Pages uncut. 

BOX 2

  • A Prospective-Glass for Saints & Sinners, by John Saddington, 1823. Islington, London: Printed for James May by J.B. Underdown.  Original blue paper wrappers, 122 pp. Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1673 and 1651 editions.

  • A Remonstrance from the Eternal God, by John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton, 1854.  Bishopgate, London: Joseph Frost. Original paper self-wrappers, 20 pp.  Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1653 edition.

  • Sacred Remains, or, A Divine Appendix, John Reeve, 1856, Bishopsgate, London: Print for Joseph Frost by Andrew T. Roberts.  Original paper self-wrappers, 73 pp. Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1654 edition.

  • Significance of the Proper Names, Etc., Occurring in The Book of Enoch, by D.A. De Sola, 1852.  London: Isaac Frost. Original paper self-wrappers, 18 pp.  Pages uncut.

  • Supplement to the Book of Letters, by John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton, 1831. Clerkenwell, London: R. Brown.  Original blue paper wrappers, 55 pp. Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1656 edition.

  • A System of Religion, by Thomas Tomkinson, 1857.  Clerkenwell, London: T. Goode.  Original paper self-wraps, 123 pages.

  • The Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs, by Robert Grotshead, translator, 1837.  Clerkenwell, London: R. Feeny. Original paper over cardboard, 162 pp + 40 pp index of proper names.  Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1693 edition.

  • A Transcendent Spiritual Treatise, by John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton, 1857. Shoreditch, London: Printed for Joseph Frost by Andrew T. Roberts.  Original paper self-wrappers, 39 pp. Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1652 edition.

  • A True Interpretation of the Eleventh Chapter of the Revelation of St. John, by Lodowick Muggleton, 1833. Clerkenwell, London: R. Brown.  Original blue paper wrappers, 199 pp. Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1753 and 1662 editions.

  • A True Interpretation of the Witch of Endor, by Lodowick Muggleton, 1831. Clerkenwell, London: R. Brown, Original blue paper wrappers, 72 pp.  Pages uncut. Reprint of the 1793, 1724, and 1669 editions.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Library Associate Dave Hoing, March 2015. Updated by Archivist Gerry Peterson, March 2015 and by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, August 2019.

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