The BPH holds a presentation copy of Godfrey Higgins’ The #Celtic Druids. Not only did Higgins present a survey of past records of ancient monuments in Britain with The Celtic Druids; he also hoped to show, according to the title page of this work, ‘that the #Druids were the priests of oriental colonies who emigrated from India’. The work was published in London in 1827 and included a ‘valuable collection of prints’, according to the antiquarian Joseph Hunter, such as views of #Stonehenge by the Belgian #lithographer Louis Haghe – he is acknowledged as the ‘promising young artist Mons. Hadge’ in the preface. The #Ritman Library copy was presented to the exuberant Radical and reverend Robert #Taylor (1784-1844). Godfrey #Higgins inscribed the work to Taylor, ‘Prisoner for the alleged crime of #Blasphemy’ on 10 December 1828 – at the time, Taylor was serving a one-year sentence for blasphemy. After his release, the undaunted Taylor and an associate went on an ‘infidel home missionary tour’, during which he proclaimed that 'the #Christian #religion has no such origin as has been pretended; neither is it in any way beneficial to mankind; but that it is nothing more than an emanation from the ancient #Pagan religion'. Godfrey Higgins himself was never in #prison, though he later recalled that his work The Celtic Druids met with fierce clerical opposition: ‘the priests have objected to admit [The Celtic Druids] into libraries, because it was anti-Christian’. Download the guide of The Ritman Library for free!
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