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Brooks, Phillips.  Brooks' addresses. [New York]: The Merriam Company, [1898]. 8vo (15.3 cm, 6"). 166, [2 (adv.)] pp.

Merriam edition of six popular Christian sermons including "The Beauty of a Life of Service," "The Duty of the Christian Business Man," "True Liberty," and "Abraham Lincoln." The Rev. Brooks was an Episcopal priest who served as rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia and of Trinity Church in Boston before becoming Bishop of Massachusetts in 1891; he is remembered for having written the text of the beloved carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
        Binding: This copy of the Addresses is impressively bound in => pewter covers, the front one embossed with column-like torches garlanded in flowers surrounding a central medallion with the title etched inside and the author's name etched on a banner beneath, the back cover with with an embossed sconce and wreath design, attached to a cream cloth–covered spine. This appears to be the only copy of this work in such a binding available on the market.

Binding as above, edges slightly scuffed, sides with a few small scratches, spine cloth darkened and with one small hole; hinges (inside) predictably cracked from weight of sides, sewing loosening with some signatures starting to separate. Page edges seemingly silver-gilt at one time, now darkened. Front pastedown with inked ownership inscription of Harry Lee Winters. One page with light blotches, pages otherwise clean. => A striking and unusual binding.  (37249)   Please RESHELVE This.

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