Shaker #1). Wells, Seth Youngs. Millennial praises,
containing a collection of gospel hymns, in four parts; adapted to the day of
Christ's second appearing. Composed for the use of his people. Hancock: Pr. by
Josiah Tallcott, jr., 1813. 12mo. viii, 288, [4 (adv.)] pp.
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First edition of the very first Shaker hymnal, including the text without music for 140 hymns. The work also has the distinction of being the first book from a Shaker press, having been preceded only by broadsides and pamphlets. That the Hancock printers were still learning their art is evident by the at times wobbly impression of the type, the sudden shift to a smaller point size in part of the table of contents, etc. But it is a noble effort.
This work appeared during the period of American Shaker history when attention was expended on codifying Shaker beliefs and practices. This is the first attempt to codify the hymnal.
Shaw & Shoemaker 30511; Richmond 1416. Full original calf, plain style, rubbed overall with small chips on front cover; chip at head of spine, front joint starting. Paper browned, and some stains; a bit of blue crayon doodling in blank area of top left
corner of p. 50. Early leaves with stitch holes in inner margin, not touching text; three leaves with tears, not affecting text. Ex–theological library with area of spine blacked out where call number once was; library name and five-digit number rubber-stamped on front pastedown, accession number inked and rubber-stamped at base of p. [iii]. (21139)
C. [Broadside, begins:] A short but comprehensive definition of Shakerism.
Union Village, OH: United Society of Shakers, . Folio (31.6 cm, 12.4").
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Principles of Shakerism, compiled by an elder remembered for his
journal records of Union Village. The publication date is based on mention of
the Church being “about 114 years old.”
Richmond, Shaker Literature, I, 764; McKinstry, Andrews
Shaker Collection, 261. Evenly age-toned; corners bumped and lightly
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Honeywood, St. John. Poems ... some pieces in prose. New York: Pr. by T. & J. Swords, 1801. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.75"). viii, 159, [1 (errata)] pp.
Toward the end of this volume of early U.S. poetry is a prose chapter entitled “The Shaking Quakers” — a well-observed account of two visits that the author made to the Niskayuna Shakers. The visits in all likelihood occurred in 1784–86, while Honeywood was studying law in Albany.
Wegelin 996; Shaw & Shoemaker 669; Sabin 32786; Richmond 2274. Period-style quarter tan cloth with light blue paper–covered sides, spine with printed paper label. Title-page and several others rubber-stamped by a now-defunct institution. An uncommon book, with many interesting points, including some charming little head- and tailpieces. (19972)
Shaker Bible — “Testimonies” as Part Two
Stewart, Philemon. A holy, sacred, and divine roll and book; from the Lord God of Heaven, to the inhabitants of Earth: revealed in the United Society at New Lebanon, County of Columbia, State of New-York, United States of America. Canterbury, N.H.: United Society, 1843. 8vo. vii, 222,  pp.,  ff., 223–403,  pp.
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First edition of this famous book of Shaker revelations, printed and bound by a Shaker institution. As was the case with the Book of Mormon, the Sacred Roll and Book was an attempt to add to the scriptural canon but met much less success. The Shaker Bible begins with a proclamation signed in type by Philemon Stewart, a member of the New Lebanon village, attesting that the text was dictated to him by a “Holy Angel” on 4 May 1842. Interestingly, the angel's introduction contains specific instructions regarding reprinting and dissemination of the book — ministers were “required” to keep a copy in their pulpits and Boards of Foreign Missions were to print translated copies “sufficient to circulate into all foreign nations.”
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The second part (pp. 267–403), which contains its own title-page, is a collection of testimonies by “inspired writers,” or Shakers professing their faith in the book's divine source.
“Read and understand all ye in mortal clay,” exhorts the title-page — “Received by the church of this communion, and published in union with the same.”
Provenance: In the library of Colgate Rochester Divinity School; inscription on front free endpaper “To be returned to Amelia G. Mace, Office.”
Sabin 32664, 79708; and 90701.5 for revised collation. Contemporary sheep, recently rebacked in plain calf with gilt-ruled bands and gilt-stamped green leather title-label. Ex-library copy, with rubber-stamp on all paper edges and p. ; rubber-stamped five-digit number at base of p. [iii]; inscription on front free endpaper in blue ink (see above); and faint traces of a librarian's penciling at inner margin of p. [iii] and verso of title-page. Small bookseller's ticket at lower outer corner of rear pastedown. Some foxing, especially to endpapers; offsetting from leather affecting title-page and following page, at edges; very good condition. (24495)
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