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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)
White of Savannah OPINES as toEngland
Joshua E. Letters on England: Comprising descriptive scenes;
with remarks on the state of society, domestic economy, habits of the people,
and condition of the manufacturing classes generally.... Philadelphia: M. Carey
(pr. by William Fry), 1816. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.4"). 2 vols. I: xv, , 358 pp. II:
xi, , 324 pp.
First trade edition, following an issue of the same year privately printed for the author, here in an uncut copy in the original paper-covered boards. White, an American “of Savannah,” provides his impressions of British culture in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, and elsewhere in England — with many comparisons to the contemporary state of affairs in the United States.
Shaw & Shoemaker 39807; Smith, Americans Abroad, W66. Contemporary paper-covered boards, spines with printed paper labels; darkened and worn, vol. I with covers detached and paper cracked over spine, vol. II with front joint open though presently holding Front pastedowns with bookplates of the Salem Library Company; vol. I with early inked inscriptions to endpapers and half-title. Light to moderate foxing, no other stains.
BEFORE His Falling-Out withthe Wesleys — Travels in Georgia
Whitefield, George. A journal of a voyage from London to Savannah in Georgia. In two parts. Part I. From London to Gibraltar. Part II. From Gibraltar to Savannah. [bound with the same author's] A continuation of the Reverend Mr. Whitefield's journal from his arrival at Savannah, to his return to London. London: Pr. for James Hutton, 1739. 8vo.  ff., 38 pp.,  f.London: Pr. for James Hutton, 1739. 8vo. 55, [1 (blank)] pp.
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George Whitefield (1714–70), a Calvinist preacher who had also been an early follower of the Wesleys during the nascent years of Methodism, was a prime mover in the Great Awakening in the English colonies in American during the second quarter of the 18th century. The present works recount his travel to and in Georgia in aid of the Wesleys' efforts there; the Continuation offers half a dozen pages speaking to time spent in Ireland.
Fifth edition of the Voyage from London and second edition of the Continuation.
Voyage from London: Sabin 103534; Alden & Landis 739/343; ESTC T29204. Continuation: Sabin 103535 & 103538; Alden & Landis 739/340; ESTC T34033 & T34025. Recent full calf antique-style with gilt concentric panels on covers and gilt corner-devices on same; round spine with raised bands, each accented by gilt rules. 19th-century wood-engraved portrait of Whitefield added as a frontispiece. A very pleasing volume. (21775)
“I Never Did Pretend to These Extraordinary Operations of Working Miracles”
Whitefield, George. The Rev. Mr. Whitefield’s answer, to the Bishop of London’s last pastoral letter. London: Pr. by W. Strahan for J. Oswald, 1739. 8vo (20.6 cm, 8.1"). 27,  pp. (without half-title and final adv. leaf).
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First edition: The Rev. Whitefield's reply to Bishop Edmund Gibson, who had rebuked Whitefield for presenting himself as an “enthusiast” who received direct revelation from God. Whitefield (1714–70), a Calvinistic Methodist whose friendship with John Wesley ended over theological disputes, was a controversial evangelist, a prolific sermonist, and a prime mover in the American Great Awakening of the mid-18th century. Here he not only rebuts Gibson's charges, but also accuses the Church of England of preaching false doctrine.
ESTC T44854; Sabin 103577. Recent quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt-ruled raised bands. Lacking half-title and final advertisement leaf; p. 3 incorrectly numbered 1, matching ESTC's description. Pages lightly age-toned, a few with small areas of staining in outer margins. (25955)
Literature, Philosophy, Politics — Americana!
Wieland, Christoph Martin, ed. Der teutsche Merkur. Weimar : Im Verlag der Gesellschaft, 1774–76. Small 8vo (19 cm; 7.5"). 1774: 2 vols. (of 4). II:  f., 365,  pp. III: 397,  pp. 1775: 2 vols. (of 4). I: 286 pp.,  f.,  ff. of original wrapper. II: 286 pp.,  f.,  ff. of original wrappers. 1776: 2 vols. (of 4). I:  f., 290 pp., 4 plates II: 310 pp.  ff., 3 plates.
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In this monthly journal of criticism and original German literature, three monthly issues constituted a volume. Present here for 1774 are vols. 2 and 3 (April–September), for 1775 are vols. 1 and 2 (January–June), and for 1776 also 1 and 2.
The volumes for 1775 haveretained their original green paper printed wrappers. The plates in the 1776 volumes are essentially frontispieces, being engraved portraits of Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg, Johannes Fichard, Wilibald Pirckhaimer, Sebastian Brandt, Ulrich von Hutten, and Hans Sachs.
Political coverage is secondary to the literary and philosophical content here, butin the 1776 volumes the coverage for England is almost exclusively devoted to America.
The journal's editor, Wieland (1733–1813), was a complex figure of the German Enlightenment: a poet, novelist, political theorist, and pedagogue. His critical review/journal was of considerable influence.
Provenance: Duplicates (with no markings) of the Harold Jantz Collection (i.e., ex–Duke University).
Volume 2 for 1774: Modern marbled boards; considerable foxing and some waterstaining. Volume 3 for 1774: Contemporary wrappers of brown paper sprinkled with black; uncut; considerable foxing and some waterstain lines. Volumes for 1775: the two are bound in one volume of brown leather, spine darkened to black and flaking; plain endpapers. Binding shows wear, but text clean. Volumes for 1776: Contemporary calf, gilt spines; covers with some stains and abraded at edges, some distressing of the spines. Interesting “wallpaper” endpapers in blue-green and white of a floral and wave pattern. Good++ condition. Very definitely a mixed, partial set and definitely an interesting array of presentations. (35274)
The First Colonial Folio: 20 Years' Worth of
Puritan Thought on the CATECHISM
Willard, Samuel. A compleat body of divinity in two hundred and fifty expository lectures on the Assembly's shorter catechism wherein the doctrines of the Christian religion are unfolded ... and a great light thereby reflected on the present age. Boston: Pr. by B. Green & S. Kneeland for B. Eliot & D. Henchman, 1726. Folio (35 cm, 13.75"). , iv, 3, , 666, 581–914,  pp. (pagination erratic, skips 160–76); complete as issued.
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First edition of the Rev. Willard's collected sermons on the Westminster Shorter Catechism, originally delivered as monthly lectures over 20 years' time. This posthumously printed volume opens with an account of the author, written by the Rev. Ebenezer Pemberton; Willard, one of the last of the great orthodox Puritan preachers of New England, was a clergyman noted for hisopposition to the Salem witchcraft trials and for serving asacting president of Harvard between the tenures of Increase Mather and John Leverett.
Evans notes that this is “the first folio volume, other than Laws, andthe largest work up to this time printed in the United States.” This was a subscription printing, and includes Benjamin Franklin's father and brother, among other dignitaries, in its list of names; the sheets came from several different presses, and thus “it has fallen out . . . that the Pages for a considerable way, are numbered over again” (p. 666). The title-page is printed in red and black. The binding featuresa very unusual 18th-century repair job: to reinforce the joints, an early hand stitched along either side of the front joint and part way down the back.
Provenance: Title-page with inked ownership inscription of T. White, dated 1726, and with inked presentation inscription to Susanna White, dated 1782. Front pastedown with inked inscription of Timothy Badger, 1782; also with 19th-century institutional bookplate and presentation inscription.
Evans 2828; ESTC W30456; Sabin 104075; Streeter Sale 675. Contemporary mottled sheep framed and panelled in blind fillets with corner fleurons, a blind roll around the central panel; small scuffs, extremities rubbed, joints cracked and fragile, with early sewn repairs as above. Front free endpaper partially separated. Inscriptions as above; preface with additional early inked inscription in upper margin and inked numeral in lower margin, a very slim “mag strip” in one gutter margin and no other institutional markings. Pages age-toned and offset with varying degrees of spotting and staining; some corners dog-eared. Three leaves each with short tear from upper margin, just touching text without loss; a few leaves crumpled without tearing. First portion of volume with intermittent early inked marginalia, one note partially shaved. A milestone of early American printing and an interesting copy. (31011)
Willison, John. A fair and impartial testimony, essayed in name of a number of ministers, elders, and Christian people of the Church of Scotland unto the laudable principles, wrestlings & attainments of that church...with remarks; and humble pleadings with our mother church, to exert herself to stop defection, and promote reformation....
Pittsburgh: Zadok Cramer (pr. by Cramer & Spear), 1808. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.9"). 234,  pp.
First American edition, preceded by two scarce Edinburgh and Glasgow issues (in 1744 and 1765, respectively), of this impassioned anti-Episcopalian commentary on the contemporary state of Scottish Protestantism, written by an evangelical divine who labored mightily in the name of unity of the Church of Scotland. The work serves as an important source of information on both civil and church history of the period; this copy is also an example ofa very early Pittsburgh imprint, following the first recorded printing in that city by only two years.
Shaw & Shoemaker 16746. Contemporary treed sheep, worn and front cover with incisions; both covers with water damage to lower edges, spine with head chipped and gilt-stamped title somewhat rubbed. Front free endpaper with early inked notations and inscription dated 1819; title-page with early inked ownership inscription in upper margin. Some age-toning, occasional spots, last few leaves with waterstaining to lower outer corners—solid, and in much better condition inside than the binding description would augur. (7094)
Bible Dictionary for “the Methodist Connexion”
Wood, James. A dictionary of the Holy Bible. New York: D. Hitt & T. Ware, 1813. 8vo (22 cm, 8.625"). 2 vols. I: 600 pp. II: 616 pp.
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Sole American edition, this being the state with the title-page showing Hitt and Ware as publishing it for “the Methodist Connexion in the United States.” First printed in England in 1804, James Wood (1751–1840), a Methodist minister, largely based this encyclopedic dictionary of the Bible on that of Augustin Calmet.
Provenance: Three inked notes in early hands reading “John McDouglas' Book” on front endpapers and another small signature reading “John McDougall.”
Shaw & Shoemaker 30564; NSTC W2651. Contemporary speckled sheep, spines divided into compartments by double gilt rules, with red leather title labels and small round black volume labels; binding rubbed and bumped with small loss of leather, glue action to pastedowns and first/last few leaves, large bite from one rear free endpaper. Moderate age-toning throughout, with only the rare short tear, chip, or stain. Early provenance evidence as above, with more recent readers adding a pencilled note and a few scribbles on two endpapers, and tucking in both a newspaper recipe for green cloth dye and a small advertisement for “A Good Cold Cream.” In fact quite a satisfactory set. (11313)
Proclaiming America'sTruly Illustrious Characters
Woodward, Thomas. The Columbian Plutarch. Philadelphia: Pr. for the author by Clark & Raser, 1819. 12mo (17.2 cm, 6.9")., 311, [1 (blank)] pp.
First edition: An early national biographical dictionary, starting with Columbus and ranging through such illustrious names as Penn, Rittenhouse, Washington, and Jefferson.
Title-page and first introduction page inscribed "John Culberts Book."
Sabin 105167; Shaw & Shoemaker 50156. Contemporary treed sheep, front cover all but off, edges worn and back joint deeply abraded. Pages browned. Title-page faintly stamped by a now-defunct institution; front pastedown with old-fashioned bookplates. (3728)
From Ape to Zebra
The young child's A, B, C; or, first book. New York: Samuel Wood & Sons, No. 261, Pearl-Street; Samuel S. Wood & Co. No. 212, Market Street, Baltimore, [ca. 1820]. Square 8vo (10.5 cm, 4.13"). 16 pp.
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First published in 1806, this little abecedarium wasthe first children's book ever published by Samuel Wood, whose work included “many thousands of children's religious, instructive, and nursery books.” (Rosenbach) The alphabet in this later edition is illustrated with variations on the fine wood engravings of birds, animals, and objects included in the first, except for the portrait of Xerxes, which seems to have been a constant throughout the many editions. Alexander Anderson, America's preeminent wood engraver, is thought to have supplied the illustrations to the original edition.
The front wrapper wood-engraving on this copy shows three young boys playing with a spinning top, and the rear features a swarm of bees buzzing around a honey pot.
Provenance: From the children's book collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA”) at rear.
Rosenbach, Children's, 596 ([c. 1820]); Shaw & Shoemaker 46904 ([1818?]); Pomeroy, Alexander Anderson, 203e. This ed. not in Welch. Publisher's printed paper wrappers with woodcuts, as above; wrappers foxed and leaves age-toned, not distressingly or weakening paper. Very little used, in good shape. (38483)
Trans-Oceanic Tragedy, 1789
Young Grigor's GHOST, An Old Scotch song. Glasgow [Scotland]: Printed for the Booksellers, [1840s]. 12mo. 8 pp.
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Young Sergeant Grigor is killed and scalped by Indians at Fort Niagara in America on 30 July 1759. Back home in Scotland his lover mourned; and “As she was a-weeping under the green oak, / He quickly past by her and not a word spoke, / Yet, shaking his left hand, where the ring he did wear, / It wanted a finger, and blood dropped there.” Soon after, the young lady died of grief.
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No. “13” at foot of title.
Unbound; removed. Very Good (slightly darkened). (37144)
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Youngs, Benjamin Seth. The testimony of Christ's second appearing; containing a general statement of all things pertaining to the faith and practice of the Church of God in this latter-day. Albany: E. & E. Hosford, 1810. 12mo. xxxviii, 620,  pp.
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Stated second edition, “corrected and improved,” of this important early Shaker book about their beliefs and history. First published in Lebanon, Ohio, in 1808. Preface signed in type by David Darrow, John Meacham and Benjamin S. Youngs, of whom the two first-named “signed their names not as authors, but as counsellors, and as sanctioning the work.”
Shaw & Shoemaker 22127. Full original sheep, spine showing flex marks with small chips at extremities and a gilt-stamped leather title-label; first and last leaves with offsetting from leather turn-ins. Short tear at top margin of one leaf, without touching any text; some scattered spots of foxing. Ex-library with (attractive) old pressure-stamp to half-title, five-digit accession number
rubber-stamped on front pastedown and base of p. [iii], evidence that an inked call-number on spine was sometime obscured. A clean, nice, solid copy. (21126)
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