1831 2 vols Sketches of Irish Character, fine bindings



Hall, Mrs. S. C. Sketches of Irish Character. 2 volume set. London: Frederick Westley and A. H. Davis, 1831. Vol. i. is second edition; vol. ii. is first edition (second series). 

In matching contemporary quarter green leather bindings with marbled boards, end papers, and page edges. Raised bands with two panels in leather with titles and 4 panels in gilt decoration. Hinges and joints fine with scuffing to spine ends and corners. 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches. x. (2) 459 (publisher’s notice of second series); vi. (1) 448 clean pp. Very good.   [ABE1971] $100.00

Mrs. Samuel Carter Hall, neé Miss Ann Maria Fielding (1800-1881), native of Wexford, Ireland, moved to London at the age of fifteen. “As a graphic delineator of Irish peculiarities, and a skillful painter of those domestic experiences which are much alike among all nations, Mrs. Hall has acquired great reputation.” – Allibone. 

“Mrs. Hall’s sketches of her native land bear a closer resemblance to the tales of Miss Mitford than to the Irish stories of Banim or Griffin. They contain fine rural descriptions, and are animated by a healthy tone of moral feeling and a vein of delicate humour. Her books were never popular in Ireland, as she saw in each party much to praise and much to blame, so that she failed to please either the Orangemen or the Roman Catholics.” – G. C. Boase.

Timothy Dwight, Theology Explained and Defended, 4 volume set


Dwight, Timothy. Theology; Explained and Defended, in a Series of Sermons; by Timothy Dwight, S. T. D., LL. D., Late President of Yale College. With a Memoir of the Life of the Author. In four volumes. [complete]. New Haven: S. Converse, 1823. Second Edition. 

Four full leather volumes with red leather spine panels, spines ruled and numbered in gilt, 5 3/4 x 9 inches, all bindings very good with surface scuffing but no cracks or damage, all joints fine. Engraved portrait frontispiece, 576, 558, 560, 552 pp., all end papers present. Foxing throughout. Historical society stamp on the tp’s, no other institutional matter. Each volume with penciled signature and ink signature on the ffeps. A very handsome set and nicest one that we have had over the years. Very good.  [ABE1970] $450.00

Timothy Dwight, D.D., LL.D., (1752-1817), grandson of Jonathan Edwards, born at Northampton, MA. Dwight graduated at Yale College at the age of 17, in 1769. He served in the army during the American Revolution, as a chaplain to General Parson’s brigade. His father’s death in 1778 necessitated a return to his family home to take care of his mother, which he did by teaching school and by preaching. In 1783 he accepted a call to become the pastor of the parish of Greenfield, CT.  In 1795 he was elected president of Yale College and served in that capacity until 1817. “During this period there were no less than four distinct revivals of religion at the College…Some of these men filled pulpits in New England churches and were, under God, responsible for the many waves of revivals touching their local churches in the first half of the 19th century.” – Roberts. 

This set contains a biography of the author and 173 sermons setting forth the Calvinistic theology of New England. 

No. 1632 in Roberts’ An Annotated Bibliography of Revival Literature. “These volumes constitute the series of sermons to the students at Yale which Dwight repeated every four years. When you read them you do not wonder that God was pleased to bless. The first volume presents a wonderfully high view of God and was very influential in the revivals.” 

“There is no work within my knowledge, so well adapted to answer this purpose, as the admirable system of Theology by the late President Dwight. It may look a little formidable to you at first, but I am almost sure that if you once engage in reading it, you will not be impatient to find its close. While the subjects are arranged with philosophical accuracy, they are discussed with a degree of perspicuity, force, and eloquence, for which I think you will look in vain, in any similar work.” – Sprague, Letters to a Daughter, p. 82.

Gillett, E. H. History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. 2 volume set, complete.



Gillett, E. H. History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. 2 volume set, complete. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1873. Revised Edition. 

Two volumes in blue cloth, bright gilt spine titles, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2, top edges gilt, frayed at the spine ends and corners, joints and hinges tight; xxiv. 576, xii. 605 clean pp., index, a few page edges with margin creases in vol. i. 1944 private signature in ink on the ffep of vol. i. – no other markings. Good. Hardcover.  [ABE1968] $75.00

Copyright date is 1864, but this “Revised” edition was published some 10 years later, and includes a paragraph of the reuniting of the church in 1869, and Alex. T. McGill’s note of August 20, 1873. 

Rev. Ezra Hall Gillett (1823-1875), “b. at Colchester, Conn.; graduated at Yale in 1841, and at Union Theological Seminary in 1844; was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry, and in 1868 became professor of political economy, ethics, and history in the University of New York.” – Allibone.

RARE 1842 The Religious Instruction of Negroes, Savannah imprint


Jones, Charles C. The Religious Instruction of Negroes. In the United States. Savannah: Thomas Purse, 1842. First Edition. 

Blindstamped brown cloth, binding poor with missing backstrip, front board detached, text block complete with clean pp. but starting to split near the center of the book. This had old plastic tape over the spine which we removed, but there is some residue remaining. 5 x 7 3/4 inches, 277 pp., bookplate of Rev. David Fairley, several ink name stamps of an historical society within. Poor. Hardcover.  [ABE1960] $150.00

Recent auction records: $375 (2000); $425 (1990). Only these two copies came up for sale 1990-2000, none since, and before that the last auction record is from 1963. 

The bookplate is that of Rev. David Fairley (b.1830 ; d. 1925), Presbyterian minister, served as chaplain in the 27th N. C. Regiment, 1862-1864.

Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. (1804-1863), b. Liberty County, GA. He prepared for the ministry at Andover Theological Seminary and at Princeton, was pastor of Presbyterian churches in Savannah, GA, and Columbia, SC. Jones served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Savanah, Georgia (1831–32), professor of church history and polity at Columbia Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, (1835–38), returned to missionary work in 1839, and was again professor at Columbia Seminary (1847–50). He then moved to Philadelphia and served as corresponding secretary of the Board of Domestic Missions of the Presbyterian Church until 1853, when his health failed and he returned again to Liberty County. Jones spent the remainder of his life supervising his three plantations, Arcadia, Montevideo, and Maybank, while continuing his evangelization of slaves.

Part I. – Historical Sketch of the Religious Instruction of the Negroes from their first Introduction into the Country in 1620 to the year 1842: divided into three Periods. 

Part II. – The Moral and Religious Condition of the Negroes (Degraded moral character; difficulty of gaining insight into the Negro Character; Circumstances which affect their Moral and Religious Condition – childhood, family, access to Scriptures, clothing, mode of living, Marriage, &c.); Moral and Religious Condition (Country Negroes, Ignorance, Superstition, Indifference, Adultery, Uncleanness, Theft, Falsehood, Quarreling and Fighting, Insensibility of Heart, Profane swearing, Drunkenness, Sabbath Breaking, Town and City Negroes, Free Negroes) 

Part III. – Obligations of the Church of Christ to Attempt the Improvement of the Moral and Religious Condition of the Negroes in the United States, by affording them the Gospel. 

Part V. – Means and Plans for promoting and securing the Religious Instruction of the Negroes in the United States.

1922 Demonism Verified and Analyzed, China missionary, photos of the possessed

White, Hugh W. Demonism Verified and Analyzed. Shanghai, China: Presbyterian Mission Press, 1922. First Edition. Very good dark blue cloth with bright gilt titles on spine & front cover5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, (vi.) 155 vi. clean pp., illustrated, tight. With illustrations from photographs of persons in the grips of demon possession and after their recovery. Paper label base of spine, penciled call numbers within, no other library matter. Very good. Hardcover.  [ABE1941] THIS BOOK HAS SOLD.

Printed and sold by the Author in Shanghai, China. 

Commissioned by the Presbyterian Committee of Publication, Richmond, Va. 

Rev. Hugh W. White, D.D., “Yencheng, Kiangsu, China, A Missionary of Twenty-eight Years Experience.” 

Descriptions and analysis of demonic possession in China. Chapters include Demonism as a Fact; Demonism vs. Insanity; Demonism Defined; Demonism of Psychic Origin; Based on Perversion of Religion; Principles on Which the Mind can be Demonized; Satanic Origin of Demonism; Satanic Dissociation; Demons and Spirits of the Dead; Treatment of Demonism; Treatment of Demonomanias; Prevention.