Short List #1: Beginning with the list below I intend to issue, in similar format once or twice a month, brief lists of good 18th and 19th century theology. The books listed will vary considerably, but will tend to be more choice and valuable works. More recent and less valuable books will be offered in a series of lists immediately above, the first of which will be posted shortly.
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Adams, Thomas. The Works ...: being the sum of his sermons, meditations, and other divine and moral discourses. With Memoir By Joseph Angus. Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1870-72. 3 volumes, very faded original cloth, but crisp inside and out. xx, 506; vi, 578; lvi, 330 (1)pp ***BOUND IN volume III is Samuel Ward, Sermons and Treatises ... With Memoir By the Rev. J.C. Ryle. xvi, 177pp ***Original printings of the Nichol series of Puritan Divines are scarce in very good condition. $200.
Adams, Thomas. The Works ...: being the sum of his sermons, meditations, and other divine and moral discourses. With Memoir By Joseph Angus. Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1870-72. 3 volumes, original cloth, crisp inside and out. xx, 506; vi, 578; lvi, 330 (1)pp ***BOUND IN volume III is Samuel Ward, Sermons and Treatises ... With Memoir By the Rev. J.C. Ryle. xvi, 177pp ***Original printings of the Nichol series of Puritan Divines are very scarce in fine condition. $300.
Airay, Henry. Lectures upon the whole Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, Delivered in St. Peter’s Church in Oxford. & Cartwright, Thomas. A Commentary on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians. Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1864. Large 4to, half calf; edges worn. xii., 410pp.,xviii, 67pp. ***One of the series of Nichol’s Puritan Commentaries; Spurgeon quotes Grosart as saying “there seems to us to be an instructively true following up the Apostolic thoughts, and a quick insight into their bearings and relative force.” Spurgeon terms the Cartwright “a small affair, ...scanty and second-rate ‘notes’ by a hearer.” But, he continues: “Yet what there is of it has the true ring, and is rich in spirituality.” $50.
SOLD Bogue, David. The Theological Lectures... ed. Joseph Samuel C.F. Frey. New-York: Lewis Colby, 1849. 2 volumes, slightly frayed head & tail of spines, ex-library, with the usual markings, but otherwise crisp and clean. 436; (1) 437-806pp ***DB (1750-1825) was born in Scotland and licensed to preach in the Church of Scotland, but after a time in London moved to Gosport, where he was minister to the Congregational Church there. He was instrumental in the founding of the London Missionary Society and of the British and Foreign Bible Society. The Lectures offered here were drawn up and given in the academy he founded in Gosport. He is probably best known for the History of the Dissenters which he co-authored with James Bennet. These lectures are quite scarce. $125.
Bogue, David & James Bennett. The History of Dissenters, from the Revolution in 1688 to the Year 1808. London:: for the authors; and sold by Williams and Smith, [etc.], 1808. 4 volumes, contemporary half calf; old library markings at bottom of spine & inside front covers, ex-libris the ‘Bishop Phillpotts’ Library, Truro’. xliv, 435; viii, 472; viii, 496; vi (2) 512pp with an errata slip inserted in volume 2. ***The first, unabridged edition of this important history. $500.
SOLD Bogue, David & James Bennett. The History of Dissenters, from the Revolution in 1688 to the Year 1808. London:: for the authors; and sold by Williams and Smith, [etc.], 1808. 4 volumes, contemporary mottled calf; recently neatly rebacked with gilt labels & spines; two of the labels from the original binding, two are close modern replicas. xliv, 435; viii, 472; viii, 496; vi (2) 512pp with an errata slip inserted in volume 2. ***The first, unabridged edition of this important history. $550.
Bogue, David and James Bennett. The History of Dissenters, from the Revolution to the Year 1808. Second Edition. London: Frederick Westley and A.H. Davis, 1833. 2 volumes, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, dual labels, bit rubbed but still quite attractive. xv, 530; (3) 656pp AND, in a matching binding, James Bennett. The History of Dissenters, during The Last Thirty Years. (from 1808 to 1838). London: Hamilton Adams and Co., 1839. ix (1) 603pp. ***This second edition was, as planned by both authors, revised and abridged by Bennett (“the surviving author”), compressing the original four volume “work into two volumes” and improving “the arrangement of the material; ...that which is omitted is almost entirely reflections that had run out into dissertations, or historical passages which did not strictly belong to the records of dissent.” The third volume in this set is by Bennett and continues the history from 1808 (the year in which the first edition was published) to the then present time, 1838; it’s arranged so as to form a supplement to either the four volume set or to the present two volume set. ***Together three volumes: a very nice copy of an important work. $650.
Burnet, Gilbert. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England. Oxford: the University Press, 1829. 3 volumes bound in 6, original cloth (small defect to spine of volume I, part II), paper labels (3 slightly defective); uncut and largely unopened. I, I: (3) xxxii, 740; I, II: xl, 843; II, I: (1) 558; II, II: (1) 590; III, I: (1) lxiv, 637; III, II: (3) 564, (1) 294pp, which includes, as the second pagination, a General Index. ***A reprint of the 17th century first edition; B’s work includes a collection of records, letters and original papers, some of which are no longer extant. A good, crisp set, inside and out. $250.
Doddridge, Philip. A Course of Lectures On the Principal Subjects in Pneumatology, Ethics, and Divinity: with References to the most considerable Authors on each Subject. The Second Edition, Corrected. London: Printed by Assignment from the Author’s Widow, For J. Buckland, J.F. and C. Rivington, [etc.], 1776. Large quarto, contemporary calf, bit worn; newly rebacked; with the bookplate of the Wigan Free Public Library and with that library’s small embossed seal at the bottom of the title; a November 1928 presentation slip is tipped onto the verso of the title, where there is also an old library stamp; the text is crisp and clean throughout. (15) 595 (9)pp ***PD ( 1702-1751), an eminent Nonconformist Divine, best known for his Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul. and for his hundreds of hymns. From 1723 he was pastor to an Independent Chapel in Northampton, where he also conducted an influential Dissenting Academy. This Course of Lectures was one which he delivered in the course of instruction at the Academy. Early editions are quite scarce. $450.
SOLD Elliott, E.B.. Horae Apocalypticae; or, A Commentary on the Apocalypse, critical and historical; including also an examination of the chief prophecies of Daniel. Illustrated by an Apocalyptic chart, and engravings from medals and other extant monuments of antiquity. with appendices, ... Fifth Edition, carefully revised, corrected, enlarged, and improved throughout; with additional plates, and a new preface. London: Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, 1862. 4 volumes, original blue cloth, volume I a bit worn, but still a good, sound set; with an embossed private library stamp on the half-titles. xxxviii, 638; vi (1) 576; viii, 632; vi (1) 738, 32pp, with a variety of charts and plates throughout, some folding. ***C.H. Spurgeon says, in his Commenting and Commentaries, “The standard work on the subject”. The fifth and best edition; rare and much sought after. $1250.
Flavel, John. The Whole Works ..to which is added, An Alphabetical Table of the principal matters contained in the whole. London: W. Baynes and Son, 1820. 6 volumes, contemporary calf, lightly rubbed; ornately gilt spines, dual black labels. Portrait, 561; 609; 608; 586; 666; 652pp ***The collected works of this well known Puritan (c. 1627-1691), bound in a very attractive six volume set. $750.
Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour, or, A Treatise on The Saints War with the Devil; wherein a discovery is made of the policy, power, wickedness, and stratagems made use of by that enemy of God and his people. A Magazine Opened, from whence the Christian is furnished With Spiritual Arms for the Battle, assisted in buckling on his Armour, and taught the Use of his Weapons; together with the happy issue of the whole war. Eighth Edition, revised and corrected, with a recommendatory preface, By W.F. Platt. London: L.J. Higham, 1803-4. 4 volumes, contemporary half calf/ marbled boards, gilt spines/ labels. vi, viii, 319; (5) 351 (1); (6) 435 (1); (1) 559 (5) iv pages ***WG (1617-1679) an early 19th century reprint of this great Puritan work. With the bookplates of the ‘Elmley Lending Library, the property of The Rev. Robert Pym.’ inside the rear cover of each volume: subscription was One Shilling per Quarter, paid in advance and entitled Elmley Township residents to the use of one book at a time. Quite an attractively bound set. $400.
Hall, Robert. The Works ... [under the superintendence of Olinthus Gregory]. Fourth Edition [Volume II, IV & VI are the Third Edition]. London: Holdsworth and Ball, 1834.[1833-1836]. 6 volumes, contemporary half calf/ marbled boards, ornately gilt spines, dual labels; marbled edges. . iv, 524; vi (1) 495; vi, 489; iv, 504; xii. 568; portrait (1) xx, 226 (1) 498 (2)pp ***RH (1764-1831), an eminent Baptist preacher. With a memoir by Gregory and observations on his character as a preacher by John Foster. An attractive set. $350.
SOLD Hawker, Robert. A Commentary on the Holy Bible: containing the Old and New Testaments. London: William Nicholson, for Williams and Smith, 1808. 9 volumes, fairly recent blue cloth. Portrait, (1) viii (2) 757; (1) 778: [for J. Stratford] (1) 783;  (1) 641; [Printed by W. Stratford, for Sherwood, Neeley, and Jones; Williams and Son; J. Stratford] (1) 765; (1) 563; [New Testament: Printed for the Proprietors: and sold by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones,; Williams and Son; and J. Stratford, 1815] (1) xii,, 729; [and sold by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones; and Williams and Son] (1) 684;  (1) 681 (1)pp. ***The first edition; RARE as a complete set (and scarce even as odd volumes). Spurgeon: “Full of devotion and sweetness.” Also, “Gentlemen, if you want something full of marrow and fatness, cheering to your own hearts by way of comment, and likely to help you in giving to your hears rich expositions, buy [this] Commentary. Dr. Hawker was the very least of commentators in the matter of criticism; he had no critical capacity, and no ability whatever as an interpreter of the letter; but he sees Jesus, and that is a sacred gift which is most precious whether the owner be a critic or no. ...However, not as a substantial dish, but as a condiment, place the Plymouth vicar’s work on the table. His writing is all sugar, and you will know how to use it, not devouring it in lumps, but using it to flavour other things. [Commenting and Commentaries, p. 13]. Though later printings title this work as the “Poor Man’s Commentary”, in this, the first edition, Hawker merely refers to it as such in the Preface to the New Testament. $1500.
[Jewish Intelligence]. Monthly Intelligence of The Proceedings of The London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews. 1. VOL. I. –1830. London: Sold at the London Society House.. January, 1830- December, 1830: (6) 188pp & VOL. II –1831. January, 1831-December, 1831: (1) 208pp; 2. VOL. III. –1832. January, 1832- December 1932: (6) 192 & VOL. IV. 1833. January, 1833- December, 1833: (1) 192pp; 3. VOL. V.—1834. January, 1834- December, 1834: (6) 212pp & Jewish Intelligence, and Monthly Account of the Proceedings of the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews. VOL.—1835. (1) 296pp [BOUND IN is An Abstract of the Twenty-Seventh Report of the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews. London: A. Macintosh, 1835. 16pp; 4. VOL. II.—1836. January, 1836- December, 1825: iv, 312pp & VOL. III. –1837. vii, 304pp [The title pages and preliminary indices in this volume have been bound out of order, though the text has not; thus the title for 1937 is bound first and that for 1836 second]; 5. VOL. IV.—1938. iv, 296pp; 6. VOL. V.—1939. viii, 312pp; 7. VOL. VI.—1940. xii, 400pp; AND 8. VOL. XV.—1849. viii, 416pp ***Together 12 volumes bound in 8, the first 7 in contemporary half calf, the last in contemporary cloth. Ex-libris the Library of the Edinburgh University Missionary Association, with most volumes simply having this written inside the front cover or at the top of the title (or both), but a couple having a later bookplate and some having nothing at all to indicate ownership. The title of the periodical was changed after the fifth year and the numbering begun again, but ***Seemingly volumes I (probably that of 1835), 17 and 22 have been issued by print on demand publishers; why these and not others is not evident. Apparently volumes of this periodical are rare. $1250.
[Kitto, John] The Illustrated Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, chiefly explanatory of the manners and customs mentioned in the sacred scriptures; and also of the history, geography, natural history, and antiquities; being a republication of the Notes of the Pictorial Bible, ... with many hundred wood-cuts, ... London: Charles Knight & Co., 1840. 5 volumes, black half calf, ornately gilt spines, dual labels; marbled page edges and endpapers. vii, 458; viii, 360; viii, 322; viii, 294; viii, 360pp with many illustrations, in the text, full page and, a few, folding. ***Spurgeon commends this work highly, observing that the omission of the Bible text renders the work smaller and cheaper. Quite attractively bound. $350.
[Kitto, John] The Illustrated Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, chiefly explanatory of the manners and customs mentioned in the sacred scriptures; and also of the history, geography, natural history, and antiquities; being a republication of the Notes of the Pictorial Bible, ... with many hundred wood-cuts, ... London: Charles Knight & Co., 1840. 5 volumes, full polished tan calf, ornately gilt spines, dual red & black labels; marbled page edges and endpapers. vii, 458; viii, 360; viii, 322; viii, 294; viii, 360pp with many illustrations, in the text, full page and, a few, folding. ***Spurgeon commends this work highly, observing that the omission of the Bible text renders the work smaller and cheaper. Quite attractively bound. $350.
Law, William. The Works ... London: for J. Richardson, 1762, Privately Reprinted for G. Moreton, Steley, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, 1892. 9 volumes, original cloth, a few volumes slightly abraded head & tail of spine; old ownership inscription at top of title to volume I, otherwise a nice, clean set.. x (2) 203; vi (1) 184; iv, 250; iv, 272; viii, 181; (1) 209; (1) 262; (3) 251; (3) 264pp ***WL (1686-1761); best known for his Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, through which Law influenced the Wesleys, Whitefield and other prominent Evangelicals. Later in life he was influenced by the mysticism of Jacob Boehme, something which separated him both from Evangelicals in general and from his Serious Call in particular. $500.
Law, William. The Works ... London: for J. Richardson, 1762, Privately Reprinted for G. Moreton, Steley, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, 1892. 9 volumes, original cloth, ex-libris Bangor Theological Seminary, with white call numbers on the spine and library bookplates inside the front covers, but otherwise a bright, crisp & clean set.. x (2) 203; vi (1) 184; iv, 250; iv, 272; viii, 181; (1) 209; (1) 262; (3) 251; (3) 264pp ***WL (1686-1761); best known for his Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, through which Law influenced the Wesleys, Whitefield and other prominent Evangelicals. Later in life he was influenced by the mysticism of Jacob Boehme, something which separated him both from Evangelicals in general and from his Serious Call in particular. $350.
Law, William. The Works ... London: for J. Richardson, 1762, Privately Reprinted for G. Moreton, Steley, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire, 1892. 9 volumes, original cloth, with the top of the spine of volumes 5 & 9 and of the rear cover & top margin of volume 2 rodent eaten (with the top of the spine of volume 2 & 4 slightly frayed, and the top outer corners of both the binding and paper of volume 4), but not at all to the detriment of the functioning of the binding nor touching the text, which is crisp & clean.. x (2) 203; vi (1) 184; iv, 250; iv, 272; viii, 181; (1) 209; (1) 262; (3) 251; (3) 264pp ***WL (1686-1761); best known for his Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, through which Law influenced the Wesleys, Whitefield and other prominent Evangelicals. Later in life he was influenced by the mysticism of Jacob Boehme, something which separated him both from Evangelicals in general and from his Serious Call in particular. $300.
Manton, Thomas. The Complete Works of Thomas Manton. With a memoir of the author by William Harris and an essay by J. C. Ryle. London: James Nisbet & Co, 1870. 22 volumes, original cloth, some light wear and with many of the covers (not spines) somewhat stained (either in whole or in part); the text is not at all affected by the staining and remains crisp and clean throughout. xxxii, 504pp, xix, 475pp, 494pp, 481pp, 503pp, viii, 495pp,vii, 492pp, viii, 498pp, viii, 492pp, viii, 490pp, vii, 493pp, vii, 494pp, vii, 492pp, vii, 489pp, vi, 499pp, vii, 494pp, vii, 504pp, viii, 495pp, vii, 496pp, viii, 512pp, viii, 488pp, 460pp. ***The collected works of this prominent Puritan divine (1620-1677), first published in 5 volumes folio and then reprinted in these 22 volumes; this set was intended to be a continuation of Nichol’s series of Puritans, but was published by Nisbet when Nichol’s business was discontinued. This set has been reprinted twice, once by Maranatha (essentially bankrupting them and precluding the continuation of their ambitious publishing program) and, very recently, by Solid Ground, though in a limited edition of 1000 sets. The two reprint editions suffer from the slight want of clarity which results from photographic reprinting; this 1870 printing has a clarity which is far easier on the eyes than are the reprints. C.H. Spurgeon commended Manton, not only as “a mighty mountain of sound theology,” but also said of the sermons (which form the bulk of this works) that “For solid, sensible instruction forcibly delivered, they cannot be surpassed.” This 1870 printing is now scarce. $550.
Marsden, J. B. The History of the Early Puritans: from the Reformation to the Opening of the Civil War in 1642. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co., 1850. xv, 426pp AND The History of the Later Puritans: from the Opening of the Civil War in 1642, to the Ejection of the Non-Conforming clergy in 1662. Second Edition. London: Hamilton, Adams, & Co., 1864. viii, 473pp. Together 2 volumes, separately published, but designed as a set, matching light green cloth, spines sunned to a light brown. ***A fine work, very scarce as a set in original matching bindings. $350.
SOLD Middleton, Erasmus. Evangelical Biography; an Historical Account of the Lives & Deaths of the most eminent and evangelical Authors or Preachers, both British and Foreign, in the several Denominations of Protestants, from the Beginning of the Reformation to the Present Time. Wherein Are collected, from authentic Historians, their most remarkable Actions, Sufferings, and Writings; exhibiting the Unity of their Faith and Experience in their several Ages, Countries, and Professions; and illustrating the Power of Divine Grace in their holy Living and Dying. New Edition. London: W Baynes, 1816. 4 volumes, half calf, dual labels, marbled boards (scuffed). Fifty-one portraits. (3) iv (2) 520; (6) 512; (4) 512; 512pp with 51 copperplate portraits. ***Quite an attractive set of a work with begins with Wycliffe & Hus and ends with 18th century Nonconformists. Scarce, especially in good condition. $500.
[Palmer, Samuel]. The Nonconformist’s Memorial; being an account of the lives, sufferings, and printed works, of the Two Thousand Ministers ejected from the Church of England, chiefly by the Act of Uniformity, Aug. 24, 1666. Originally written by Edmund Calamy, D.D. Abridged, Corrected, and Methodized, with many additional Anecdotes and several new lives, by Samuel Palmer. The Second Edition. Embellished with Heads of the principal Divines, chiefly from original Pictures. London: J. Cundee, for Button and Son, and T. Hurst, 1802-3. 3 volumes, original mottled calf, somewhat worn, recently neatly rebacked with gilt spines and labels. Portrait frontispiece, xvi (2) 434 (2); (1) 479 (1); vi (2) 528 (23)pp with 27 further portraits throughout. ***Palmer’s work, first printed in 2 volumes in 1775, was a great improvement on Calamy’s original; this second edition by Palmer entirely supersedes his first. $500.
Sibbes, Richard. The Complete Works... Edited, with Memoir, by ..Alexander Balloch Grosart. Edinburgh: James Nichol, 1862. 7 volumes, original cloth (slight vertical crease to the spine of volume 7), with library stamps on each title (& on the half title to volume I), reading “Ex Bibl. Theol Aberdonensi”, a hand written inscription to the same effect at the top of the titles of all volumes except volume I; and a round paper shelf marking inside each cover, but no other markings and with the set in very good condition. cxlii, 425 (1); xix (1) 518; (3) 543; viii, 526; xii, 540; xi, 560; zi, 604pp ***The first collected edition of the works of this eminent Puritan; it is now rare to find crisp, clean sets of Nichol’s Puritan Divines. $500.
Simeon, Charles. Helps to Composition: or, Six Hundred Skeletons of Sermons, several being the substance of sermons preached before the University. First American Edition. Philadelphia: William W. Woodward, 1810. 5 volumes, original tree calf, red labels; spines slightly chipped head & tail and with hinges splitting, but still a sound and attractive set. (8) 544; (7) 496; (8) 459; (8) 508; (8) 592pp ***CS (1759-1836), an eminent Church of England divine, influential both in Cambridge and throughout England. This work of sermon outlines was used by many in the composition of sermons. $250.
Warburton, William. The Works... A New Edition, ...to which is prefixed a discourse by way of general preface; containing some account of the life, writings, and character of the author; by Richard Hurd. London Luke Hansard & Sons, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1811. 12 volumes, contemporary polished tan calf, a few hinges just starting to split at the top, but generally a good, sound, attractive set. Portrait, v (1) 355; iv, 390; iv, 399; xi (1) 464 [with 10 plates]; viii, 483; iv, 456; (4) 397; (3) 455; xvi, 383; xv, 375; iv, 428; (4) 466pp ***WW (1698-1779), Bishop of Gloucester, best known for his Divine Legation of Moses, directed principally against the Deists. ***Ex-libris the Kimbolton Castle library (once the country home of the Dukes of Manchester), with small labels inside the front cover, indicating the case and shelf numbers pertaining to the volumes. An English country house set: attractive externally, with the text crisp & clean throughout. $850.
Watts, Isaac. The Works... containing, besides his sermons, and essays on miscellaneous subjects, several additional pieces, Selected from his Manuscripts by the Rev. Dr. Jennings, and the Rev. Dr. Doddridge in 1753: to which are prefixed, Memoirs of the Life of the Author, compiled by ... George Burder. London: J. Barfield, 1810. Large quarto, original polished calf, gilt spines; dual labels (some are chipped, with loss), the whole somewhat worn, with the front cover virtually detached on volume 3; the text is complete, crisp & clean throughout. Portrait, xc (1) 744; vi, 742; viii, 799; viii, 735; xi, 803; viii, 800pp, with 3 full page copperplate illustrations of the Tabernacle in volume 3 and three further copperplate illustrations in volume 4 (pertaining to his work on Geography and Astronomy). ***IW (1674-1748), a Nonconformist best known for his hymns (particularly for his Psalms imitated in the language of the New Testament). His work on Logic was long used as a textbook and his theological writings had considerable influence on 18th century Nonconformity. $900.
Webster, William. A Compleat History of Arianism, From the Origin of it in the Year 306 to 1666; shewing Its Influence upon Civil Affairs; and the Causes of the Dissolution of the Roman Empire. To which is added The History of Socinianism, ... Westminster: for John Brindley, Olive Payne, John Jolliffe, Alexander Lyon, and Charles Corbett, 1735. 2 volumes, quarto, original paneled calf, sometime rebacked, dual labels; with the bookplate of S.K. Harriman, M.D. Natick and of the Zion Research Library; old library labels at the base of spine; no internal markings in text; a few annotations in pencil. (1) vii, 55, 306; (15) 358 (27), 160 (8)pp including a 7 page list of subscribers. ***William Webster (1689-1758), Curate of St. Dunstan’s in the West. ”Publish’d at the Request of the Reverend and Learned Dr. Waterland.” Webster had translated Louis Maimbourg’s Histoire de L’Arianisme, published as The History of Arianism, London, 1728-9. This Compleat History, his own work on the subject, is quite scarce. $800.
Ronald J. Sider’s copy, with ownership inscriptions throughout
Wesley, John. The Works... Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 14 volumes, dust jackets. (4) xvi, 532; iv, 532pp ***A Zondervan reprint classic set, photolithographed complete and unabridged from the authorized edition published by the Wesleyan Conference Office in London, 1872. Each volume has the ownership inscription ‘Ronald J. Sider August 1963’ at the top of the title and, also, inscribed ‘Ronald J. Sider’ on page 13 of each volume. Each volume has the stamp ‘imperfect book’ inside the front cover, but there are no internal defects to any of the volumes, though there is slight dampstaining to the surface of the bottom of the spines and covers immediately next to the spine, more affecting the inner surface of the dust jackets than the books themselves (and not visible on the outside of the dust jackets). An interesting association copy of this important set. $250.
SOLD Wilson, Walter. The History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches and Meeting Houses, in London, Westminster, and Southwark; including the Lives of Their Ministers, from the rise of Nonconformity to the present time. with An Appendix on the origin, progress, and present state of Christianity in Britain. London: for the author; sold by W. Button and Son, T. Williams and Son; and J. Conder, 1808. 4 volumes, original paper covered boards; surface of spines a bit worn and with pieces missing from top & bottom of volume 4; nevertheless a tight, clean set; the edges are uncut. xviii (2) 536pp with a portrait frontispiece and 22 portraits bound in between the index and the numbered text; portrait frontispiece, iv, 608pp; portrait frontispiece, iv, 572pp; portrait frontispiece, v, 615 (1)pp ***A very scarce set, supplying information in regard to dissenting ministers and churches often available nowhere else, sometimes beginning with eminent Puritan founding ministers; apart from the frontispiece portraits, volume I has the set of portraits designed to be placed throughout the whole set; the final page of volume IV (which follows a general index for all 4 volumes) gives directions as to where each of the portraits was to be bound (the expectation was that a proper calf binding would be ordered by the purchaser of the set), but this set remains as issued by the printer and the portraits have not been dispersed as per the instructions. $1000.
Witherspoon, John. The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, Late President of the College at Princeton, New-Jersey. To Which is Prefixed an Account of the Author’s Life, in a Sermon occasioned by his Death., by the Rev. Dr. John Rodgers., of New York. Second Edition, revised and corrected. Philadelphia: William W. Woodward, 1802. 4 volumes, original calf, a bit worn; newly rebacked with dual labels; with an 1805 ownership inscription on the title of volume I. (6) 569; 586; 592; 475pp with a 12 page list of subscribers. ***JW (1722-1794), an eminent Evangelical Presbyterian minister who emigrated from Scotland in 1768 to become President of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) where he influenced many men of note, not only in the Presbyterian Church, but also many who became prominent in the US government, including James Madison. Witherspoon was the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence. $1250.
Wylie, J. A. The History of Protestantism. London: Cassell Petter & Galpin, n.d. (c. 1880). 3 volumes, large octavo [10 ½” x 7 ¾”], black half calf, bit rubbed.. xii., 624; xii., 624; xii., 648pp with hundreds of illustrations throughout. ***An attractive copy of a standard set. $250.