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Clark, Rufus W. Heaven and its scriptural emblems. Boston: John P. Jewett & Co.; Cleveland: Henry P.B. Jewett (stereotyped by Hobart & Robbins), 1857 (copyright 1852). 12mo (21.2 cm, 8.35"). 269,  pp.; 4 (of 5) plts. $35.00
An uplifting tour of the beauties of heaven via prose, poetry, and steel-engraved illustrations. The Rev. Rufus Wheelwright Clark (1813–86), who served as a pastor in Washington, DC, Portsmouth, NH, and Boston, MA, before settling at the First Reformed Church in Albany, NY, here intersperses his meditations with extensive poetical quotations from => the "incomparable pen" of Felicia Hemans (p. 182), along with excerpts from Henry Francis Lyte, Richard Henry Dana, and Eliza Townsend (unattributed) as well as various hymns. The volume is illustrated with a frontispiece and three plates => engraved by Charles Edward Wagstaff and Joseph Andrews after designs by acclaimed American illustrator Hammatt Billings. This is an early edition of this popular work, following the first of 1852.
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early pencilled inscription of Lucinda C. Pullen of Lewiston, Maine.
Publisher's textured blue cloth, front cover with gilt-stamped vignette and blind-stamped frame, back cover with same design in blind, spine with gilt-stamped title and decorations; binding rubbed overall and slightly cocked. Pages and plates age-toned with occasional minor foxing; two pages with offsetting from now-absent laid-in item; one leaf with short tear from outer margin, not touching text. One plate ("The New Jerusalem") lacking. (40853) Please RESHELVE This.
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