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 1932 Illustrated Catalog from the Mennonite Publishing House With Blank Order Form and Envelope. Mennonite Publishing House.Scottdale, PA.1932
120pp. Yellow paper wrapper. Small illustration of an alter with a bible on top on the front cover, black and white photograph of the Mennonite Publishing House on the back accompanied by a list of services they provide and their address. Catalog includes anything a Mennonite may need, whether they are ministers, teachers, or lay people. The majority of the items are texts, such as bibles, Sunday school books, and pamphlets, some of which are accompanied by small color or black and white illustrations of their front cover. Also includes educational materials like black boards and maps, and administrative items such as ledgers. All items have a thorough descriptive narrative providing its price, size, and relevant details. Catalog includes a two-sided  'Order Blank' and envelope with the company's name and town on it for purchasing. Measures 9" x 6". .
 A Mass Meeting!! Of the Friends of the Sabbath School Cause, A Broadside. .Dearborn County, IN.August 1851
A broadside for a meeting to discuss the "Sabbath School Cause". The meeting took place at the Langdale Grove on the Georgetown Ridge in Dearborn County, IN, on a weekend in August. All were welcome to attend, "Let all come -- come for the cause of education -- come for the benefit of youth -- come for the men and women of a future age." However people had to bring their own "provisions for each day". There were several men, mostly Reverends, who were invited to speak at the event, such as B. W. Chidlow, H. Hoyt, Esq. of Boston, Rev. Mr. Golliday and Rev. J. B. Sparks. Single sheet, single sided. Measures 12" x 11"..
 A Pair of Letters from Emily to her Family discussing her trip to Yorktown, particularly her experience at a "Colored Meeting" . Yorktown.January 1869
A pair of letters from Emily to her family keeping them appraised of her trip to Yorktown [NY] in January 1869. The two letters are written within a day of one another, with one addressed to her parents and one to her brother. The family's last name is not mentioned. The letters are jam-packed with the events of daily life. She is somewhat ill perhaps with consumption and speaks often of her health.  Additionally religion plays a significant role in her writing.  Of note in the letters is Emily's description of a 'colored meeting' she went to, which was a church service for African Americans. Emily writes about how the 'spirit' moved the church members to what she perceived as frightening noises and groans, and that due to this she wouldn't feel comfortable going to another service. The letters also discuss Emily's health and her fear that she might have bronchitis. As well as updates on her family. Measures 7 3/4" x 4 3/4". Below are a few excerpts from the letters. "I went to a colored meeting one evening and does seem to me I could not go again, they hold it late about 10 o'clock and the spirit moves them to such noises and actions, sometimes they would screech [sic] and shot and sing and groan till it seemed like confusion confounded. I pitied [sic] them for there is no white-folks church to learn from and I was almost frightened so I did not get to sleep until late that night." -  Emily to her parents, January 12, 1869  "Samuel saw an old French Dr. on the boat- when he went to B. - and told him how I was, said he should call it a dry consumption. He said worse than Dr. Powers. Sad I ought to stay here a year and then not stay where it was a cold winter. Said he thought if I could have the chills it would change the course of the disease... I think our little bute [sic] is getting to be a little fast, got so she runs away  from school (well seems to me I should have one of the boys go out to help her from running away - Little boys I mean) It seems Emilus likes me best and don't hesitate to tell of it - I know Abbie must feel bad to have him say anything. " Emily to her Brothr January 1869.  Marginalia in every blank space. From a margin note: "I was selling a negro some woolen pips and he stole one out of the box right under my nose-- I did not know enough not to hand him the box - so I let him pick out one and he got 2". A stream of consciousness with abrupt changes in subject matter from sentence to sentence, as expressed in the second quote above.
 Advertisement for the Community Church Of the Air. Community Church Of the Air.Harrisburg, PA.[February 1933]
This flyer is for three different musical groups: the Community Church of the Air, The Swalm Brothers Quartette, and the Boys Orchestra. However the flyer supplies little information beyond the performers names and the black and white printed photograph of each group. All three groups were scheduled to perform together on Tuesday, February 28, 1933 according to an article in the Harrisburg Telegraph on February 23, 1933. It is therefore likely that this flyer was simply given out at the performance as an advertisement for the three groups. Half of the flyer is promoting The Community Church of the Air, who seemed to be hosting the event.  Harrisburg, PA is misspelled on the flyer as Harrisburgh, PA. Single page, one-sided. Measures 12" x 9".. The Community Church of the Air  was run by Rev. Roy O. Musser (1892-1981) and his first wife Clara Alberta Messerschmidt  (1891-1953), and featured their three children in various parts: Iva Mae Musser Cook (1913-1996) as the alto singer, James Isaac Musser (1915-1970) as the Telephone Messenger, and Clara Ruthannah Musser Cook (1919-1995) as the soprano singer. The flyer provides information on the group's regular radio broadcasts which occurred on the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 PM on the radio station 249.9 WCOD. The Community Church of the Air shows up throughout the newspaper printings of the radio schedule between 1932-1933, but otherwise little information on the group can be found. The Swalm Brothers Quartette (aka Swalm Brothers Quartet or the Swalm Brothers Male Quartet), features the brothers Roy Swalm (1901-1962), Edgar Swalm (1905-1957), Harold Swalm (1907-1969), and Roosevelt Swalm (1913-1990). They were popular in the 1930s in and around Harrisburg, but did continue performing into the 1940s. The last group, the Boy's Orchestra, was made up of five boys named Bill, Earl, Ivan, Clyde, and Albert, who played on guitars and banjos. Little else is known about them.
 Aesthetic Movement Influenced Pledge Card, Abstain from Drinking, Smoking and Opium. ..1870s
A pledge card given as an agree to abstain from alcohol, smoking, and drugs. The deeply embossed card depicts an innocent young girl holding an overflowing bowl of liquid and a bouquet of ribbon tied wild flowers, design influenced by Aesthetic movement. Printed next to the image is: "Trusting in Gods Help, I solemnly promise to abstain from the use of alcoholic drinks, as a beverage, and from the use of tobacco and Opium in every form." Measures 4 1/2" x 3..
 Books For Little Readers: Sir, Who Have You Been Talking With? . Thomas Nelson and 1850
8 pages, bound in tan paper wrapper with decorative border and circular vignette, printed in blue ink. Engraved quarter page illustration. One book from an 11-book set. 3 1/4" x 4 1/2". OCLC- 2 full sets; 0 individual (Aug, 2018) .
 Boxed Set - Liturgical Symbol, Series 2. The Liturgical Press.Collegeville, MN.[1928]
A series of twenty (20) 11" x 14" silkscreen liturgical symbols printed on card stock.  Numbered 1-20 on reverse; each titled followed by a narrative discussing the meaning, implications and  origin.  Each marked Permissu Superiorum.  Titles includ 1. One god in Three Persons, 7. The Mystical Body: Vine and Branches, 13. The Holy Eucharist (Corpus Christi) , No. 19. Catholic Action and No. 20 Christian Death. Vibrant colors.  Housed in original litho on paste board box.  Box wear with apron breaks and separations. Liturgical Press website: Liturgical Press began publishing for the Church in 1926. Since then, 91 gratifying years have passed, and our dedicated staff continues to sustain our original mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are truly committed to providing religious and spiritual resources of the highest relevance and quality to the Christian community. As we strive to carry on the great tradition of Liturgical Press under the guidance of our Lord and St. John’s Abbey, we thank you for your faithful support and look forward to serving you in the many years to come.
 Camp Spaulding Brochure. Young Men's Christian Association.Concord, NH.1923
A brochure for Camp Spaulding, a Christian summer camp for young boys and girls in Concord, New Hampshire. The camp focuses on offering "real opportunities to gain a greater appreciation of the wonders of Nature and a reverence and loving thought for the Great Spirit within and around us." Each year the camp hosts two sessions, one for girls in July and one for boys in August with each week of camp costing $9.00. The brochure features nine printed photographs of the facilities and past campers, and one black and white illustration of a camper's blanket which features a design representing the camp's fourfold law. This 'law' is more like a code of honor, and it was for the 'Stone Face Tribe', a social group within the camp for those who participate in woodcrafting. This code is meant to enforce the more desirable characteristics of fortitude, beauty, truth, and love. This design is also stamped the back cover of the brochure. Also within the brochure is a post card application to Camp Spaulding. At the end of the brochure is a list of 'What to Take' for both boys and girls, as well as information on the camp uniform. This list has been marked up by the previous owner. This camp is still in existence today, but is now operated by the YMCA. 12 pages. Black stamped wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 8" x 5 1/2".
 Children's Church, St. Timothy's Parish, Roxborough, A Hymnal Program. Rectory St. Timothy's Church.Philadelphia, PA.Feb 1867
Single fold Hymnal Program from St. Timothy's Parish located in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Roxborough. This program was for "Children's Church", and featured several prayers, including one for both entering and exiting the church, as well as several hymns, such as: "Glory to thee, My God, This Night", "Nearer, My God, to Thee", and "Jerusalem The Golden". On the cover of the program is an engraving of the church. Vignette of the church exterior on front cover.  Measures 8" x 5 1/2".. Services dedicated to youth, teaching children how to pray.
 Gospel Singers, Rev. J. I. Byler and Family, a Printed Photograph. .North Manchester, IN.[1927]
A black and white images from a photograph of the Byler family, a group of gospel singers from North Manchester, IN printed on card  stock. The patriarch of the family, John Ira Byler (1881-1970), was a minister and later Bishop for the  Church of the Brethren, which is a Christian denomination with its origins in the Schwarzenau Brethen.The image depicts the family with the caption "Rev. J. I. Byler and Family, North Manchester, Indiana, Gospel Singers", and was most likely sold during performances. The parents, John and Amanda, sit on the bottom row, on opposite sides of the group, with their ten children in the middle, oldest in back and youngest in front. The names of the children are: Joseph, Orpha, John, Samuel, Marcy, Martha, June, James, David, Robert, and Carol. As the youngest child, Carol, appears to be four or five years old in the photograph, the image most likely dates from the first year or so in which the family began touring, 1927. Single sided. Measures 9" x 7". .  It is one of the three historic peace churches along side the Mennoites and Quakers. John and his wife, Amanda Ellen Troyer (1882-1974), were avid singers and musicians, and passed this love of music onto their ten children- six sons and four daughters. When their youngest daughter, Carol was four, the family started performing in John's own church before beginning to tour locally, and then nationally. Becoming known as the Rev. J. I. Byler and Family Gospel Singers, or the Byler Family Gospel Singers, the group toured for over a decade performing over 900 times across through thirty-two states, Canada and Mexico. During performances, the family often broke up into smaller groups as quartets or duets. The four youngest children, James, David, Robert and Carol would become known as the Skeeter Quartet. JLydia Carolyn "Carol" Byler Roth (1923-2016). John was a minister, and later Bishop, of the Church of the Brethren. Though he was a Mennonite at the end of his life. He and his family toured as gospel singing group starting around 1927 and into the late 1930s. By the time they retired, they had performed over 900 times and traveled through thirty-two states, Canada and Mexico. John died on April 26, 1970 in Canton, OH after a long illness.
 History of the Bible. Phinney & Co.Buffalo, NY.1857
192 pp, blind stamp covers. A brief history of the bible originally intended for a juvenile audience. Along with the text there are nearly two dozen black and white illustrations, the majority of which are portriats of the interregnal figures of the bible. Such as Adam, Noah, Abraham and Joseph. There are approximately five illustrations of various scenes from the bible such as "Samson and the Lion" and "The Crucifixion." . Measures 2" x 1 3/4". Moderate cover and edge wear due to rubbing. The back strip shows heavy wear. The front cover is partially detached from the text. The last interior page (it's blank) has a water stain on it, as well an signature from a previous owner.
 Married Chap Book: Children's History of Beasts, No. 3 and  Children's History of Beasts, Advice, and Select Hymns. Sanbornton Press.Sanbornton, NH.1835-1836
This married chap book is actually the front cover of one book, and the text block and back cover of another. Both were published by Sanbornton Press. The front cover of the chap book has a picture of a lion on the front and is for "Children's History of Beasts, No. 3" published in 1836 (OCLC 3, Oct 2019), and the text block is for "Children's History of Beasts, Advice, and Select Hymns" published in 1835 (OCLC 9, Oct 2019). The text block is complete (when comparing it to OCLC catalogue). It features an engraving and description of the following animals: Ny-Ghau, Racoon, Antelope, Zebra, and Kangaroo. Next are two sections entitled "Address to Children" and "Advice to children", which starts with a short letter to children and then continues on to list five pieces of advice for them. Such as "When you go to the house of God... consider the solemnity of the service." Next is a short poem called "For a Little Child", followed by three hymns: "The Little Pilgrim", "Heaven and Earth" and "Good Every Where". The back cover is most likely a part of the "Children's History of Beasts, Advice, and Select Hymns" as it features an illustration of a zebra and antelope, both of which are described in this book. 16 pages. Green illustrated wrappers. Measures 3 1/4" x 2 1/4.
 Newcomb's Picture Stories, Scripture Series, No. 1 Creation. Clement & Packard.New York.1841
10 leaves. In verse. Hand colored. Tells the story of creation, how chaos became light, how animals and plants came to be, and eventually how man and woman were created. Each page has a hand colored engraving on it. On the back cover is a letter written direct to the parents of children that states, "We ask the aid of those parents who regard the highest interests of their offspring. And, in the beginning, we would remind them, that the success of the attempt depends very much on parents. If they will make the scenes here represented the subjects of frequent and familiar conversation with their children, filling up what is lacking in the instruction here communicated, they will ... increase very much the interest and value of the book." Measures 7 1/4" x 4 3/4".  OCLC  - 2 (March 2018) . Covers detached. Sewing repair to binding, though it is extremely loose. Soiled and toned due to age.
 No Time To Serve God. Truscott, Son & Simmons.London.
"Printed under the direction of the committee of general literature and education, appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge". 18 pages, bound in blue paper wrapper with decorative border; engraved frontisepiece. Inscription dated 1864. Tells the story of a young woman learning to prioritize God above all things. Includes unusual footnote on page 14: for the line "Dreadful! dreadful! he did not serve God, and he is dead!"(asterisk), the corresponding note says "Fact". 3" x 5". OCLC-0 (Aug, 2018) .
 The Mother's Assistant and Child's Friend, July, 1856, Vol. XXXI No. 1 . ..1856
32 pp. Printed soft cover, illustrations, plates. A journal for children which includes readings, music, poems, and plates. This specific journal features a plate and writing on the Resurrection of Lazarus, a Summer Song, a writings on Indiscriminate Novel-Reading, What is Family Religion?, Christian Sympathy, and My Mother. . edge wear, toning, inscribed
 The Mother's Assistant and the Young Ladies Friend, January 1855, Vol. IX No. 1. Stone & Halpine..1855
35 pp. Printed soft cover, illustrations, plates. A journal featuring writings, plates, and music. This Volume features a New Years Address, a plate and reading on Christ Preaching on the Mount, writings entitled The Family Constitution, Honor Your Parents, Mary's Grave, Books for Parents, and The New Year's Wish. 10" x 6". toning, edge wear and chips
 The Victoria Tales and Stories Suitable for the Young: George Mills; or, The Idle Boy. Frederick Warne and Company.London.
16 pages, engraved frontisepiece. Cover is a purple wrapper with a decorative border. "Price One Penny" printed on top of border on front and back cover. Children's story with religious and moral lessons. One of a set of twelve, part of a series of such sets, each labeled with a letter to identify it in the larger series - unable to determine which set this volume belongs to. Back cover has, inside the decorative border, a list of all 12 titles in this particular set. 4 3/4" x 3". OCLC-1 (Aug, 2018).
 The Watchman Magazine, Ingathering Annual, For Humanity's Sake, Vol. XLVII, No. 11. Southern Publishing Association (Seventh-Day Adventist).Nashville, TN
James E. Shultz (Editor). The Watchman Magazine was started in 1905 and was published on a monthly basis by a group of Seventh-Day Adventists, with the only exception being the month of October, when an annual magazine was issued in addition to the monthly one. This item is the 1938 edition of that annual magazine, and is specifically Vol. XL VII, No. 11. It features illustrated covers, the front depicts a nurse surrounded by people begging for help with a globe in the background, and the back cover features a group of missionaries being warmly greeted by the natives on a tropical island with a large boat in the background. Throughout the magazine there are over thirty-five (35) printed photographs. The articles found within this edition are: 'A World-Wide Program for the Uplift of Humanity' (including 'A Day With Nurse Piatt at the Malamulo Leper Colony Nyasaland, Africa') by L. H. Christian, 'What Do Seventh Day Adventists Believe?' By Caryle B. Haynes, 'America a Foreign Mission Field' By H. O. Olsen, 'We Do Our Part' by M. N. Campbell, 'Among the Highlanders' by C. A. Russell, and 'Facts of Interest to the Public' by Steen Rasmussen. The majority of these focus on the missionary efforts of Seventh-Day Adventist both at home and abroad. 24 pgs. including illustrated wrappers. Staple bindings.  OCLC 10 (Apr. 2020) Measures 8 1/4" x 5 3/4".
3 Autograph Albums - Campmeetings. .Oak Bluff.1874-1883
These three albums are being offered as a collection. Two of these albums are near complete, while the album with the latest dates is sparse, with only 25 of the 100 or so pages used. One album has a board cover in brown cloth, with "Autographs" gilt stamped on the cover and spine. The other two albums have leather board covers, with "Autographs" stamped in gilt, and additional gilt decorations on the cover and spine.   One of the albums was owned by Edward Roth, who spent the majority of his life practicing medicine in and around Martha's Vineyard. The majority of the autographs in this album date from 1883 when he departed to San Francisco and he is wished well on his travels across the continent. He practiced for several years in San Francisco before returning to New England, first to Yale, and then Martha's Vineyard. Along with the autographs there are several newspaper clippings for important family events, such as his marriage to Miss E. L. Beetle and the first birthday party of his son Edward Roth Jr. There are also 3 hand drawn illustrations as well. Along with the notes regarding the death of the signers, there are also a few denoting whether or not they were since married . Two of the albums are 6 1/2" x 3 1/2"; the third is 7" x 4 1/2". Includes signatures from a wide variety of people, including signatures from local authors such as SC Wheeler, the Roth family, and crew members of the USRC Samuel Dexter, a ship famous for it's role in the rescue of the SS City of Columbus in 1884.  . The first so-called campmeeting in what became known as Wesleyan Grove was held in 1835. In subsequent years the congregations grew enormously, and many of the thousands in attendance were housed in large tents known as "society tents." A congregation from a church on the mainland would maintain its own society tent. Conditions were cramped, with men and women sleeping dormitory-style on opposite sides of a central canvas divider. All with cover wear; loose or partially detached covers.  Some soiling from handling.
A Lady of Cincinnati The Child's Bible. with plates. Fisher & Brother.Philadelphia.1834
192 pp, embossed cloth board covers. Miniature book. Stereotyper: Joseph A James  Written by a 'lady of Cincinnati', this item is a rendition of the bible simplified for a child audience. There are 27 beautifully detailed  black and white illustrations in the book. Inscribed on end paper front cover  and was given to a student by their teacher (Reward of Merit ?). There is a a lock of hair inserted in-between two pages (68 & 69). Measures 2" x 1 3/4". Covers are soiled and have a few stains. In particular there is one on the front cover. Covers are partially separated from the text block. Interior pages are toned and slightly soiled due to age. Missing last page (191-192)
A Teacher's Gift.  Asa Bullard Taggard & Thompson Boston 1863
48 pp. Brown blind stamped hard cover, frontispiece, illustrations. Moral stories for children with religious education and hymns mixed in. Some story titles include "A Teacher's Gift" " Flowers and Weeds" "Things that have Wings" and "The Penknife" 4 1/2" x 3" inscribed, binding loose, water stain on cover
American Sunday School Union Little Henry. American Sunday School Union.Philadelphia.1857-1893
16 pp. wrapper, with one illustration. Apart of a series published by the American Sunday School Union, called Child's Home Library. The book tells the story of Henry, a little boy, who learns that even children can do the Lord's work, in every day small acts of kindness. Ends with a hymn. Slight foxing and toning. Measures 4 1/4" x 2 3/4"..
American Sunday School Union The Fearful Child .American Sunday School Union . American Sunday School Union.Philadelphia.1857-1859
8 pp. wrapper, with 3 woodcuts. Written for the American Sunday School Union, and revised by the Committee of Publication. Apart of a series published by the American Sunday School Union, called Child's Home Library. It tells the story of a little boy over coming his fear of the dark. Some wear, cover is tearing at edge, slight toning. Measures 4 1/4" x 2 1/2"..
Anonymous Quotes & Thoughts on the Sermons of Reverend Moses Drury Hoge from 1894 to 1898. Confederate Army Preacher & Orator
A tiny pocket journal, written by an unknown individual whose entries mostly consists of quotes from sermons delivered by Reverend Moses Drury Hoge (often referred to in the journal as Dr. Hoge). Along with the quotes, are the writer's thoughts on these sermons. Dr. Hoge was a well-known preacher and orator for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. After the war he rebuilt his church in Richmond, VA, and travel extensively to preach.
B. H. Rand Rand's Introduction to Penmanship: New Series, In Eight Numbers, Number 8. B. H. Rand.Philadelphia, PA.1855
A copy book, apart of B. H. Rand's series, "Introduction to Penmanship". This copy book is full of practice penmanship, both  in regards to letters of the alphabet and signatures. These exercises are often on the margins of the pages, or over top of other text as the pages themselves are often full of lyrics to a variety of songs, such as "Zula Zong" (spelled Zuola Zong), "When You and I were Young Maggie", and "Home Again". These songs appear to have been either religious in nature or folk songs, most of which appear to have been published circa 1860-1870. These copy book appears to have been used by numerous people to practice their signatures. The majority of the names within the book appear to be connected to the Hemphill family of Due West, South Carolina. The signature most often found in the book is James Calvin Hemphill (1851-1927), but members of his family to appear also appear (mainly siblings and in-laws): John Lind Hemphill (1838-1899), Robert Reid Hemphill (1840-1908), and Eugenia Cornelia Brewton Hemphill (1847-1935). It is also possible that the book originally belonged to James' father, Rev. William Ramsey Hemphill as towards the end of the book there is what appears to be an original 5 page sermon on the bible verse Hebrews: Chapter 4, Verse 9, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God". Additionally there are two short, single page essays on on respect and the bible verse, Revelations Chapter 21, Verse 7. Lastly, one of the last pages has an incomplete alphabet of words. Each letter is given four or seven words that start with the corresponding letter. For example the letter 'M' has: Money, Monkey, Music, March, May, and Mr. This alphabet only goes until the letter 'P'. Brown printed wrappers with penciling. String binding. OCLC 3 (March 2020) Measures 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". Maj. James Calvin Hemphill was born on May 13, 1851 to Rev. William Ramsey Hemphill (1806-1876) and Hannah Smith Lind Hemphill (1808-1895) in Due West, Abberville County, SC. He had several siblings: John Lind Hemphill (1838-1899), Robert Reid Hemphill (1840-1908), Isabell Hemphill (1845-?), and Mary Elizabeth Hemphill (?-1840). He graduated from Erskine College in 1870, where is father was a professor.  He married Rebecca Mariner True Hemphill (1855-1923), in 1878 and it is unclear if they had any children together. James was a journalist, mainly for South Carolina local newspapers, but at one point was a Washington correspondent. He was perhaps most well know for his attempts to discredit then Presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson. He died from injuries resulting from a fall from a train car on November 20, 1927 in Abbeville, Abbeville County, SC.
Catalogus eorum qui munera et officia academica gesserunt, quique alicujus gradus laurea donati sunt, in Collegio Amherstiensi, Amherstiæ, Republica Massachusettensi.
Latin, college catalogue, Amherst College, schools & universities, foreign language, religion

A catalogue for Amherst College, in Latin. The title roughly translates to: "Catalog of Academic Faculty and Students who are Graduates of Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts." The catalogue begins with a list of its faculty members, the subject and time spent teaching at the college. It then with alumni, by date of graduation, and then alphabetically. There are symbols by some of the names, either to indicate their withdrawal from the college or their deaths. There is some penciling by the names when it appears that there was a printing mistake, such as a spelling error. Next, there is a list of those individuals who received honorary degrees from the school, also organized by year and then alphabetically. Lastly there is an index of all the students names, in alphabetical order with their graduation year. Printed by J. S. Et C. Adams. 34 pgs. Thread binding. Latin. OCLC 2 (Apr. 2020). Measures 8 1/2" x5 1/2".

General wear. Appears to have been previously bound with other periodicals. Crease fold. Some discoloration on cover.

Catherine D. Bell New Stories By Cousin Kate: Set To With A Will. T. Nelson and Sons.London.1861
16 pages. Written by Catherine D. Bell under the pseudonym "Cousin Kate". Engraved frontisepiece, and decorative elements on page 4. Tan wrapper printed with red ink. Ornate decorative border includes a biblical parable and illustrations.  Story of a young boy learning about the value of hard work. 4 1/2" x 3". OCLC-1 (Aug, 2018) .
Charles Foster Kent. The Historical Bible: The Heroes and Crises of Early Hebrew History from the Creation to the Death of Moses. Charles Scribner's Sons.New York.1912
251 pp. Cloth cover, fold out map on reverse of title page, 2 additional maps. Contents: The Old Testament world -- The Babylonian background of early Hebrew history -- The Egyptian background -- The early Palestinian background -- Israel's religious heritage -- The oldest history of Israel -- The later parallel histories -- The story of man's creation -- Man's sin and its consequences -- The story of Cain and Abel -- The traditional origin of early Semitic institutions -- The story of the great flood -- The traditional origin of the nations -- Abraham's call and settlement in Canaan -- The promise of a son to Sarah -- The destruction of Sodom -- Birth and sacrifice of Isaac -- Securing a wife for Isaac -- Jacob and his brother Esau -- Jacob's experiences as a fugitive -- Jacob's return to Canaan -- Joseph sold by his brothers into Egypt -- Joseph made governor of Egypt -- Joseph and his brothers -- Joseph's loyalty to his kinsman -- The oppression of the Hebrews in Egypt -- Moses's childhood and training -- Moses's call to deliver the Hebrews -- The Egyptian plagues -- The exodus -- The revelation and covenant at Sinai -- Man's individual duties to God and man -- Moses's work as judge and prophet -- The life of the Hebrews in the wilderness -- The attempt to enter Canaan from the south -- The journey from the wilderness and Balaam's prophecy -- East-Jordan conquests and Moses's farewell. 7 1/2" x 5". rubbing on cover, some water staining, foxing, inscribed
Constitution of the Tolland County Female Society for Promoting Revivals of Religion
12 3/8 x 7 3/4"  that begins BELIEVING that evangelical revivals of religion lay a foundation for the upbuilding of the Redeemer's kingdom, and are in their very nature calculated to multiply benevolent institutions of every description; and being desirous to aid in advancing the general interests of Zion: we the subscribers form ourselves into a society and adopt the following Constitution. Includes 14 Articles with the object of the Society being to seek out Missionaries who are qualified, by the blessing of God, to promote and advance rivals where the state of religion is low, and to lead anxious souls to Christ --and to not limit the labours of its Missionaries to the County of Tolland.   Reverse is blank.
Copy Book of Religious Hymns.  Cover illustration - Pen Mightier than the Sword. Benjamin B. Mussey & Co..29 Cornhill, Boston.c1850
This blank book was published by Benjamin B. Mussey & Co. sometime in the mid 1800s. The unknown owner of the book used it to copy hymns of a religious nature. There are six hymns in total in the book,
Cora Massie Stephens  Flyer for the  Tabernacle of Witness, An Engraving. W. E. Stephens.St. Louis, MO.1895
A flyer for the sale of "The Tabernacle of Witness", an engraving done by Cora Massie Stephens (1856-1943). The engraving was being sold by William Edward Stephens (1850-1918), Cora's husband and owner of W. E. Stephens & Co. (eventually renamed Stephens Lithographing and Engraving Company). The flyer is divided into two sections. The first section has a black and white print of the engraving, along with the text "Every Sunday School, and Every Pastor, Superintendent and Christian Worker should have a copy." This flyer was attempting to sell a larger and more colorful version of the engraving then was sold previously. The version for sale was 32" x 47" and has been "lithographed in ten colors and three bronzes, on heavy lithograph paper". The second section of this flyer included testimonials from a several past customers praising the quality and composition of the engraving. At the bases of the flyer, in red, is the text "Special Discount of 25 per cent. [sic] to Delegates to the Eighth International Convention". It is unknown what convention the flyer is referring to. With the flyer is two envelopes, the first one originally held the flyer and is emblazoned with the word "Important!". The second envelope is slightly smaller than the first and was meant as a return envelope and has the company's address on it. Measures 12" x 9" (flyer), 6 1/2" x 3 3/4 (envelope).
Die Geschicte vom Münchner Kindl.(The Story of the Munich Child)von E. Escherich. Illustrirt von W. Schade.  Verlag von Philipp Hergl in München . ..
Title page with printed signature of illustrator dated 1891.  Embossed heavy stock covers. 16 pp. embossed die-cut shape book.  Die-cut in the shape of a boy monk.   Profusely illustrated in color throughout.  A young boy’s adventures in a monastery while living among the monks.  Printed in German.  Measures 12 ½” x 7 ¼”.   . edge wear on covers
Edited by An Association of Clergymen The Family Circle and Parlor Annual  Vol. V, No. 10. J.E.D. Comstock.New York.June 1846
Illustrated wraps. Pgs. 334-363.  Engraving of Bay and Harbour of New York from Staten Island.  Hand colored engraving of Lily of the valley and balsam flowler (sp). An original poem The Return of Spring by H. A. Del Oriend.  Numerous articles including The History and Adventures of a Penny by Mrs. A. B. Whelpley,  An Exciting Scene; an authentic narrative by an eye-witness and Scripture Natural History; the apple-tree,or citron (with wood engraving) . Index and advertisement on back cover. Measures 8 3/4" x 5 3/4". .
Edward Young, D. D. The Complaint; or Night Thoughts, and the Force of Religion. Oliver L Sanborn.Portland.1839
Edward Young was an English poet from the 18th century, whose most well-known poem was "Night-Thoughts."  Although Night Thoughts is long and disconnected poem, it abounds in brilliant isolated passages and it found an enormous amount of success. It was eventually translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Welsh and Magyar. In France, in particular,  it became a classic of the romantic school. The poem is thought to be about the deaths of his daughter and son-in-law, and it deals with themes of morality, immortality and death. "Force of Religion", the other poem in this book is said to be about the execution of Lady Jane Grey and her husband (also known as the Nine Day Queen). Stereotyped: Allison & Foster 288 pp, Cloth covered board with gilt edges. Measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/4".. Cover shows moderate wear, particular to edges due to age and rubbing. Back strip has moderate to heavy wear. Minor foxing and soiling on interior pages.
Elizabeth Hughes The California of the Padres; or, Footprints of Ancient Communism. I. N. Choynski.San Francisco, CA.1875
A short book that glorifies the "Padres", the priests, who came over with the Spaniards and set up Missions in the New World. The book specifically deals with the missions built in California, and how their influence has waned since it was ceded to the US in 1848 after the Mexican-American War, and how this has been the detriment to society. The book provides 'evidence' of this in the treatment of Native Americans under American rule and the "American ranchero [who] does not kept Sunday as general thing". In regards to Native Americans specifically, Hughes states, "are they any better off to-day, lying around the streets of Los Angeles like masterless dogs, and half the time in the calaboose or chaingang [sic]? There are races that seem never to rise beyond childhood, and need wise training." This 'training' was provided by the Padres, who while also converting the Native Americans to Christianity, also employed them on the vast farms which were a part of the Missions. Hughes continues on to employ all Californians to learn from the lessons of the Padres, the greatest of which was " the example which they have left to the world of the practical success and self-supporting nature of great industrial organizations, even when commenced and carried on in the face of the greatest disadvantages, and with comparatively small means." 41 pgs. Printed wrappers. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 3/4"..
Emerson Family A Collection of Letters to the Emerson Family. .Ireland Depot, Holyoke, MA.1847-1857
A collection of eleven (11) letters belonging to the Emerson Family of Holyoke, MA. The majority of the letters are send to Ireland Depot, which was the name of the town's post office from the mid 1840s to mid 1850s. The letters date from 1847 to 1857, with the bulk of the correspondence between 1848 to 1850, and between Lovina H. Fay Emerson (1822-1897) and her friend Catherine A. George Bates (1826-1879). Eight of the letters are folded stampless posts, the other three have their corresponding envelopes. The six letters written by Catherine A. George Bates to Lovina, which start in 1847 congratulating Lovina on her recent marriage to William.  The letters discuss a variety of topics, but the main thread  is Catherine's conversion to Christianity, her conversion in 1848 along with Catherine's friend Susan Pond, local events, updates on sickness in the area (highlights being the death of Catherine's nephew due to dysentery, her father's bout with typhoid fever, and her own bout with the mumps), and Catherine's (rather unsuccessful) attempt to comfort Lovina on the upcoming birth of her first child by telling her of the death of Susan Pond's newborn twin boys. There are three letters from Paesiello Emerson (1832-1927), to his sister Mary Frances Emerson (1833-1853), who are William's children from his first marriage. Paesiello had moved from the family homestead to Ashland, MA for work, while Mary was still living with their father and his new wife, Lovina, in Holyoke, MA. Paesiello writes updating his sister on his life, such as sleigh rides and his new membership in the local division of the Sons of Temperance while also poetically waxing about nature and the changing of seasons. The last two letters in the collection are one-offs. The first is to William Emerson, the patriarch of the family, about a shipment of lumber being send to him and the request for payment. Depending on the census record, William is either a carpenter or farmer. The last letter is from a C. B. Angier, a distant relative of Lovina (her mother's maiden name is Angier), and provides a short update on their life. Below are excerpts from the letters: "I think I felt the importance of religion I saw myself to be a great sinner but I did not want you to know it. I remember well one Sunday evening there was quite a number went forward for prayer. I felt as if I must go, I tried to stand but Satan whispered in my ear that if I went no one would believe that I was in earnest that I could do it better where I was & I listened to him and sat still. I think now if I had broken away from him then I might have found peace. You thought I was indifferent, I was miserable for I was trying to be a Christian and have no one know it." - Catherine A. George Bates to her friend Lovina H. Fay Emerson, June 22, 1848 "It has been quite sickly about us, one little child buried today. One case in particular I must tell you, a lady 35 years old, on who belonged in this neighborhood & always lived with her parents (who are quite aged) was married & went to her home with every prospect of happiness, before she had scarcely begun to enjoy it was called to die, just 4 weeks from the day she was married, she was buried at the same place where she stood a bride, she lay a corpse." -  Catherine A. George Bates to her friend Lovina H. Fay Emerson, September 21, 1848 "I have just finished loading the lumber for you. A part of the boards are not such as I stands [sp?] have had you, but they are at the depot. I though I would send them, there are 2330 fit [sic] I also send more of the short timbers which you will please see that it is unloaded & kept safety. What you can not sell ??? please send me the money for the lumber as fast as possibly convenient and greatly oblige." - H. Williams to William Emerson, May 1, 1849 "... I came home, I found little Frank (that is Brother Hiram's youngest child) very sick with Dysentery. He had not been well for a week or two before, he had 10 teeth besides there were his stomach teeth & two others were swollen very hard which caused his sickness. The Doctor said it was a very doubtful case. Mother & others that saw him said he could not get well. I thought perhaps he might altho I knew he was very sick. Wednesday he seemed considerably better. Thursday he was very restless. Friday everything he took he vomited. The disease had gone to his head, he would throw it from one side to the other in dreadful distress through the day. Saturday his hands & feet were very cold, could not warm them, thought he could no live the night out but by rubbing he seemed to get a little rest. He was so thirsty, could raise himself & grasp the tumbler & look so wistful as if he thought we could help him, the Dr. told us he thought he would have spasms, but he did not, he grew weaker and weaker until about 6 o'clock Sunday night. Mother was over him & noticed a change & called to us, it was but to see him gasp his last breath. He had turned his eyes towards the window and thus without a groan or struggle he fell asleep in the arms of his savior, just like the going down of the sun, altho set forever to this world it shall dawn in a bright & better world, as I gaxed [sic] upon him now still in death & kissed his cold lips I said is this death? As this was the first I ever witnessed. The impression I received is pleasant, Oh! that I may so live that when I die it may be as well with me as I believe it is with him... the mother appears calm & resigned to this event as well as looking forward to a time not far distant when another treasure may be sent to her, I shall feel very anxious to hear from you after you receive this, as the critical time of which spoke is near at hand. You must keep could courage [Lovina is pregnant with her first child will be born in October 1849]. Friend Susan was very sick when her children were born, only think she had two sons, one weighted 3 1/2, the other 7 pounds. The latter was dead, the little one lived two days. She was so disappointed when it died, she got a long remarkably well herself & has been very well during the summer. I wish you could see her, it would do you good, she wished me to give you her love and good wishes... I think I have not written you since the California fever has done such destructive work, carrying off its hundreds and thousands, from their homes and the enjoyments of life where and for what do they thus sacrifice their lives? For gold that shall perish, it appears strange to me that so many are ready to leave all & go. I am thankful there has none of my relations gone as yet, but numbers of friends & acquaintances have gone. Some have arrived there & others that have not been heard from. "  - Catherine A. George Bates to her friend Lovina H. Fay Emerson, September 23, 1849 "I haven't anything to do and have not had much for two months past, I have carved my earned my board and that is about all. If I don't have something to do before long I shall be sick or crazy or something else. But there are signs of business being better before a great while. I still board at Mr. Montague and I think I shall as long as they will keep me. Last Friday I took a sleigh ride about five miles with another person who I shall not name here. It being a pleasant afternoon we had a first rate time and got home at last safe and sound." - George P. Emerson to Miss Mary Emerson, January 4, 1850 "But spring has come and with it pretty blue birds, how pretty they sing in the morning. Winter has gone and with it the cold blistering days and nights with its long evenings and cold snows. Summer will soon be here with its long hot sultry days and soon will be the days when we shall hear the distant muttering thunder and see the dark black clouds with its forked lighting... I joined the Division of Sons of Temperance four weeks ago last night and I like them very much." - George P. Emerson to Miss Mary Emerson, April 2, 1850 "Your letter came to hand soon after date, it found me watching by the sick bed of my dear Father, he was taken sick the week after I came home with Typhoid fever... he complained of his dead did not seem to know or remember anything, said it did not seem like his own head... the Dr. came but not do anything for him, we dismissed him & called another & one to consult & before night they bled & blistered him & give him medicine which roused him, he would talk one day about everything, did not know us at all, the next would sleep all day so sound that we could not wake him... my health has been good except about 3 weeks I had the mumps, they went to my head & I had sores in my ears, it was bad but I felt so anxious about Father that I did not mind it." -  - Catherine A. George Bates to her friend Lovina H. Fay Emerson, July 21, 1857 . For the entirety of her letters in these collection, Catherine (sometimes spelled Catarina in census records) signs her name C. A. George, as she does not marry a man named Lafayette Bates until 1862. William Goddard Emerson was born on January 21, 1806 to Reuben Babcock (1755-1844) and Hannah Goddard (1761-1857) in Northborough, MA. As William does not have the same last name as his parents, he might have been adopted or for some reason changed his name later in life. William had twelve siblings. He married Susan Perkins (1804-1843) on October 13, 1831, and had five children: George Paesiello Emerson (1832-1927), Mary Frances Emerson (1833-1853), Ginevra Emerson (1836-1838), Arthur Emerson (1838-1841), and Marcellus Emerson (1843-1878). After Susan died in 1843, he remarried on August 8, 1847 to Lovina H. Fay (1822-1897). With his second wife, Lovina, he had four children: William Francis Emerson (1849-1931), Annie Elizabeth Emerson (1859-1941), Mary G. Emerson (1861-1863), and Henry Howard Emerson (1865-1943). He died on April 19, 1887 of old age.
Erskine Reed The Children's Missionary Subscribers Appeal . Executive Committee of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church.Nashville, TN.August 1896
A single-fold pamphlet announceing a subscription contest for the publication. The contest was for children and aimed at finding new subscribers for the periodical, and was most likely an insert in the August 1896 issue of The Children's Missionary. The single fold insert contains a printed copy of a letter written by Erskine Reed, the Treasure of the Foreign Missions Office at the Presbyterian Church, which entreats children to sign up new subscribers and offers "three prizes to those getting the largest list by Dec. 20 1896, mentions of which you will see in the Sept. issue." The front of the insert features a black and white engraving of a young girl holding flowers set within a circle with a decorative border and the caption "The Regions Beyond". There is an additional larger border with a large growing of lilies. Single fold, double sided. OCLC 5 (May 2020). Measures 6 3/4" x 4" (folded).. Published monthly between 1894 and 1906, the Children's Missionary contained Presbyterian missionary stories from around the word.
Fine Trinket Box with Delicate Cutwork Under Glass– Naïve Alter boy . ..
3” x 4 ½” x 2” glass topped trinket box with straw decorated exterior and paper lined interior. Depicts a Naïve Alter boy with a Cross among the Flowering Trees, Vines, and Shrubs.  All handmade paper cuts.  Boy with halo dressed in real fabric dress with lace topper. . some wear on straw, slight staining inside box
Gelett Burgess The Maxims of Methuselah: Being the advice given by the Patriarch in his nine hundred sixty and ninth year to his great grandson at Shem's coming of age, in regard to women. Frederick A Stokes Company.New York.1907
108 pp. with applied litho covers. Illustrations, decorations and cover design by Louis D. Fancher. The book is a humorous rendition, in scriptural verse, of the great patriarch's views on the wiles of women. There are four charming color illustrations, along with red boarders on each page. Measures 7" x 5" . The covers show edge wear and some minor damage due to rubbing. The front's endpapers have minor tear and there is a signature form a previous owner.
Gems of Sacred Poetry.   American Tract Society New York c. 1850
256 pp. Blind stamped brown cloth hard cover, gilt spine, miniature book, index in back-first by subject then by first lines. Collection of sacred, religious poetry. 3 1/4" x 2 1/2" faintly inscribed "Mrs. Louisa Witson Jan. 22, 1851"
Hand bound Grouping of Religious Intelligencer, Vol. VII, No. 18 - 20; with Newspaper Make-Do Cover
A handbound grouping of three issues of the Religious Intelligencer, an Evangelistic serial publication which ran between 1816 and 1835. Includes Vol. VIII, No. 18-20, which were published in October 1823. The majority of the publication has variety of letters and reports of missionary societies and their work all over the world. For example, there are excerpts from Rev. Joseph Wolff's journal from his mission to the Jews in Palestine in 1821-1822 and excerpts from a mission on the "Great Osage Mission" which sent missionaries to Kansas to convert the people of the Osage Nation. In addition to these missionary excerpts are updates or histories on local religious societies and schools. For example there is a reprinted of the first report of the Merchant Seaman's Bible Society and a list of recitations performed during the "Exercises of the Annual Examination of the Theological Seminary [in Andover, CT], Department of Sacred Literature, Junior Class." There are also small sections of poetry and morality stories such as "Christ the Sinner's Refuge" and "Slave Anecdote". Each issue is approximately fifteen pages. |Of more significant note, the make-do covers of this  grouping  is a page from the May 30, 1820 edition of the Hartford Courant with announcements and promotions.  Newspaper wrappers. String binding. Measures 9 3/4" x 6 3/4".
Henry B. Bear Scientific Demonstration of Theology, Prophecy and Revelation!. .Preston, OH.1900
56 pgs., brown wrappers. Henry B. Bear was a Millerite - a person who believed in William Miller's teachings that Second Advent of Christ was coming in 1843-1844. Bear became disenchanted with Millers teachers and eventually joined the Ohio Shaker Community. He published this book to spread his knowledge that he "arrived at after half a century of meditation, research and study of the scriptures." The book is divided up into the following sections: 'The Subject of Good and Evil', 'The Remission of Sins, What Does it Affect?', 'Heaven, What is It?', 'Hell, What is It?', 'Baptism: Is Water Baptism Essential to Salvation?', 'The Prophecies of Daniel and St. John Demonstrated', 'Daniel's Interpretation of the Image', 'Dedication and Release', 'Revelation of the Godhead', 'Revelation of the Christhead', 'Advent of Jesus Christ', and 'The Female in the Christhead'. Staple binding. Measures 7" x 4 3/4" .
Isabella Child The Child's Picture Bible. Durrie and Peck.New Haven, CT.1853
192 pp. Decorated cloth binding, with gilt edges. 48 woodcut engravings. Miniature book. The book starts off with a note from the author herself to the readers: "In this tiny book, my dear little friends will find a great many pictures drawn from the most interesting parts of the Old Testament. I intend to say a few words about each, to explain the meaning; but there is not much room, so I must be very short. I hope my young readers will want to learn more, and will gladly turn to their Bibles [so] that they may do so." The illustrations in this book are wood engravings, and with over 40 images there is nearly one every other page. While certainly simplicity images, mainly due to their relatively small size, they are charming renditions of some of the most dramatic scenes from the Old Testament. The image of the Tower of Babel, is stamped onto the cover. The last page of the book lists other "miniature juvenile" produced by the publisher.   Measures 3 1/8" x 2 3/4". Covers are soiled and show some cover wear. Additionally they are partially separate from text block. The back strip is damaged on the bottom edge. The interior pages show minor foxing and soiling due to age. There is an inscription done by a previous owner on the front interior cover.
J. H. Nason Promotional Materials Relating to Lake Superior System of Missions. Lake Superior System of Missions.Superior, WI
Four promotional fundraising items providing information on the mission. The first item is a printed on letterhead from Nason, describing his mission and specifically requesting help for the upcoming 1900-1901 winter campaign to the logging camps, as well as some of the services provided there, such as "Free reading room, cheap lunches served, low priced lodgings, gospel meetings, distribution of bibles, papers and tracts".  Done in purple ink. Single sided page. Measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Also includes a folded pamphlet  "Glances -- Retrospective and Prospective, Lumbermen's Mission, West Superior Department, The Eight Year, 1899-1900". A yearly summary with accomplishments and future goals. Of note in the summary is that the missionary is now focusing on women and children in the area, stating that "our work at first was chiefly among men. Now women and children, less in number in this new country than men, but more awfully wronged, are receiving our earnest attention." The mission also had to suspend work in Ashland, WI, calling it a "heavy drain upon our resources", but promises to refocus that money elsewhere. The pamphlet ends with a short note about Nason's daughter, Cora A. Nason, who returned briefly home to rest after working as a missionary in Armenia and Greece. 8 pg. folded pamphlet (one page is blank). Measures 6"x 3" (folded), 12" x 6" (unfolded). Next is  a folded pamphlet entitled "Excerpts From The Letters of Our Workers in Logging Camps and Frontier Settlements, No. 2". As stated in the title this pamphlet is letter from Rev. J. E. Chase, an itinerant Pastor for the mission, who works in Washburn County, WI. The letter describes the level of difficultly traveling the area, the small towns he travels to, and the people he meets along the way. Chase describes the people he comes across mostly as poor folk, who without a pastor there to guide them have fallen into despair, and in some cases, sin. The pamphlet ends with a short note from Rev. Nason with an appeal for money, so that the mission might be able to send itinerant pastors out to the area on a regular basis. 10 pg. folded pamphlet. Measures 6" x 3" (folded), 15" x 6" (unfolded). The final  item is double sided newsletter from the King's Daughters and Sons' Mission located in West Superior, WI, which was a part of the Lake Superior System of Missions, but one that focused exclusively on the children in the area. The letter is also addressed to children, specifically other children in Sunday School, and tells them a little about the men who work in the Lake Superior area as lumber jacks, boatmen, miners, and common laborers. These descriptions paint a rather rosy picture both about the work and the men, which is odd as the letter then takes a rather sharp turn and states that the children of these laborers mostly "come from destitute families. The fathers are drunkards and the mothers, sad neglected women. We want to throw all the good influences we can around theses children and therefore, we teach them about God..." The letter ends with a short description of the services provided in order to save these children and an appeal for money from other Sunday school children. Double sided, single page. Measures 9 1/2" x 5 1/4". The last item is the envelope these items were originally sent in. The envelope is addressed to Edwin C. Chandler of Etna, NH.  Measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/2".. Lake Superior System of Missions was founded in 1892 by Rev. John H. Nason (1841-1908), a Congregationalist minister,  in order to serve the lumber men and frontier families living and working in the area around Lake Superior. After his death in 1908, the work was carried on by his successor Rev. Harry F. Milford.
John W. Wanamaker Stock Share Certificate for the Bethany Building, A Fundraising Campaign to Enlarge the Bethany's Presbyterian Church. Bethany's Presbyterian Church.Philadelphia, PA.October 23, 1874
A stock share certificate for the fundraising campaign for the enlargement of "Bethany Building" where the Bethany School and church were located.  A part of this campaign was that with the payment of one dollar, an individual was given a share in the enlargement, as well as a certificate denoting that. The certificates were printed in red ink, with a simple double lined red border, and with spaces provided in the text to fill out the donor name, date, and certificate number. The certificates were also signed by the Treasurer, Sam M. Clement, countersigned by Mrs. W. J. Ferguson, and by Wanamaker himself as the Superintendent. The certificate also features a black and white engraving of the Bethany Building, though whether this is an artist's rendition of the what the expanded would look like, or the original building is unknown. This certificate was purchased by Sallie Maull. Bethany School School would grow to be the largest Sunday School in the nation, and the church associated with the school is still in existence today, and is known as the Bethany Church Evangelical Presbyterian and is now located in Haventown, PA. Single page, single sided. Measures 9" x 5 1/4".. The Bethany School was founded in 1859 and its mission was to educate the children of local area, who were mostly from poor families. The school was founded by E. H. Toland, a missionary from the American Sunday School Union and John Wanamaker (1838-1922) who was an American merchant. Wanamaker was also a religious, civic, and political figure, and was perhaps most well known for being a pioneer in marketing. Within two years of its founding, the school had grown to over 230 students with 17 teachers and went from a single rented room to its own building in the neighborhood. In 1865 the school had over 900 students and Wanamaker had decided to again move the school to a larger location and this time add a church. By 1874, the school and church were again too small to meet the community's needs, and a fundraising campaign to enlarge the "Bethany Building" began.
Josiah Brewer. A Residence at Constantinople, in the Year 1827. With Notes to the Present Time. Durrie and Peck.New Haven.1830
384 pp. Leather cover, fold out map at back of book depicting "part of Turkey with Greece" with and inset of "Plan of Constantinople", dedication page to the "Members of the Boston Female Seminary, for the Promotion of Christianity among the Jews", second edition. "I went to the Mediterranean particularly with the view of investigating the condition of the Jews", the book follows his travels from leaving Boston to Gibraltar, Malta, Smyrna, and Constantinople. 7 1/4" x 4 1/4". wear on cover, foxing and some staining throughout, inscribed
Little George; or Temptation Resisted. Kiggins & Kellogg.New York.1850s
16 pp. wrapper with 7 illustrations. The back of the chapbook, states that this is apart of Redfield's Toy Books: Four Series of Twelve Books Each. This book is the from the third series, No. 4. Depending on when the book was published the address of the publisher varies either it is 88 John Street or 123 & 125 William St. on wrapper. The publisher was on John St. between 1849 and 1856 (like this book), and on William St. between 1856 and 1857. At the end there is a poem entitled, "Schoolboy Days." The book tells the story of a young boy named George who is tempted by a classmate to steal a farmer's fruit. The cover is pink with a light faded stain on the top left, and a few splotches on the back. The string used to bind the book is loose, and can be seen through the binding. As a result the pages are the book are loosened from the cover, but they are still attached. There is a stain on the top left of the first few pages, but it has faded and doesn't not effect the text or images of the book. There is some soiling and toning throughout. Measures 4 1/2" x 3"..
Little Prayers for Little Children.   American Sunday-School Union Philadelphia c. 1840s
8 pp. Blue illustrated printed cover, illustrations. Prayers are for "In the Morning" "At Night" "A Prayer for a Child who is in trouble" and "A Thanksgiving when a Child has recieved a favour from God" 3" x 2" inscribed, slight staining
Marjorie Taylor Report of the Women's Work at NGOI-MANI Mission, From Nov., 1931 to Aug., 1932. Ngoi-Mani Mission.Ngoimani, DR Congo.1932
The annual report of the women's work being done at the Ngoi-Mani Mission, which was located in a small valley by the name of Ngoimani just north of a town called Mwanza in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It should be noted that in 1932 it was known as Belgian Congo, as it was a colony of Belgium, and is referred to as such on the item. The mission was a definitely Christian mission, although it is unclear what denomination it was. This report reads like a letter from missionary Marjorie Taylor, as she provides updates on what has occur since her last annual report. Beyond the mission in Ngoimani, she would also travel to several other towns in the area evangelizing. The towns specifically mentioned in this report are: Kabwe, Kazadi, Kisula, and Songe. Taylor only focuses on the women and girls in her report as there was a male priest whose job it was to help convert the men and boys. While Taylor takes great joy in reporting on the new 'believers', she also emphasizes how much 'backsliding' the new convertors do. "We have had some good meetings, but not the blessing we would like. We know this because of hidden sin amongst the women and girls, who are professing Christians - two cases of which God has graciously brought to light and both girls were restored." The 'believers' are sent out to nearby villages to attempt to convert other individuals, and after they have done this for 60 days, the girls are given as single dress as a reward. The report concludes with a request that the missions 'backers-up', what Taylor calls the people who donate to the cause, continue to help, because "if you stop, we stop or at least are greatly handicapped. It is for the Honour and Glory of His Kingdom!" Marjorie Victoria Hebden Taylor (1901-?), herself appears to have been an English missionary, who along with her husband, Rev. Cyril Eustace Taylor (1892-1935), a medical missionary, worked in the Congo in the 1920s and 1930s. The pair had met in Africa, and married in 1923 in Mwanza. After Rev. Cyril's death in 1935 (in Switzerland, while on the family's first vacation since the 1920s), Marjorie stayed in the Congo until 1941, returning home to England due to the outbreak of WWII. By the end of Marjorie's time in the Congo the mission had reportedly had built 38 churches and totaled 3,4000 'believers'. Their missionary work is described in their youngest son's (Sir Cyril Julian Hebden Taylor) autobiography "Sir Cyril: My Life as a Social Entrepreneur", who spend his youth in the Congo with his parents (digital version available online on Google Books). Single fold, double side. Measures 9" x 5 3/4" (folded), 11 1/2" x 9" (unfolded)..
Mary Ann; or, how a child can give itself to Jesus and Little James.   American Tract Society New York c 1867
32 pp. Applied marble cover, two stories 16 pp each. Two stories, Mary Ann no. 51 , discusses a new Sabbath school in New York and Little James no. 52, which describes a boy who memorizes Dr. Watts' First Catechism before he could read. 4 1/2" x 3" cover worn, foxing and staining on pages, pencil inscription
Mary's Book of HymnsAtwood & BrownConcord1847
16 pp. Blue illustrated printed paper cover, illustrations in book, cover lists "S.H. Colesworthy: Portland" as publisher,Seventh Series-no. 7. Hymn book with short religions lessons on behavior for children. Titles include Industrious William, The Violet, To a Little Girl that has Told a Lie, and A Naughty Boy. 4" x 2 1/2" . light staining on cover
Memoir of Mary Lothrop, Who Died in Boston, March 18, 1831, Aged Six Years and Three MonthsAmerican Tract SocietyNew York1832
108 pp. Applied marble cover, frontispiece. The story of Mary Lothrop, who was taught to be pious and obedient. She talks with her mother about why her little sister died, her entry to school is discussed, and how her heart fails in the end, all while keeping her religious faith. 6" x 3 1/2"
Modified Prohibition and Dry Thoughts on Election Day
An informational pamphlet containing two articles, "Modified Prohibition" and "Dry Thoughts on Election Day" first printed in the November 5, 1930 and the November 12, 1930 issues of The Christian Century respectively. The first article argues for a less stringent approach to alcohol than the current prohibition laws allowed since by the 1930s the public opinion was turning against prohibition. "A great, though by no means a new, dilemma faces our country today. The liquor traffic creates trouble when it is legalized. It also creates trouble when it is outlawed." The second article was written on Nov. 4, 1930, the day of the congressional midterm elections, and declared it the day "that will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the story of the warfare against the liquor traffic. Today a decade of complacency on the part of dry public opinion comes to an end." While prohibition wasn't officially repealed until 1933, the 1930 election had a hand in voting in numerous anti-prohibition congressmen and senators. The article is a rallying cry for the 'dry' troops and laid out a basic plan of attack to ensure prohibition remained the law of the land. 22 pgs. Printed wrappers. Staple binding. OCLC 1 (Oct. 2020). Measures 6" x 3 1/2".
Mrs. C.W. Denison The Child-Angel. A nson D.F. Randolph.New York.1860
16 pp. Printed soft cover, full text, originally printed in The Mother's Journal. The religious story of sweet little three year old Antoinette who befriends Loose Ben, the sixteen year old slouching, dirty fire-maker at the Nelson Hotel. Antoinette asks Ben if she loves and prays to God. He responds yes but later confesses that he lied and until that morning did not. Ben has a change of heart. Little Antoinette is then spoken of as in her coffin and covered in roses when Ben finds her again. 4 1/4" x 2 3/4". slight wear, foxing
My Own Picture BookTruman and SmithCincinnatic. 1835
16 pp. Red illustrated printed paper cover, engraving throughout, 'by a friend to youth.' Short descriptions with illustrations, mostly biblical but also one with playtime and one with elephant, writing addressed to "William." 4 1/4" x 2 1/4". wear on cover, foxing, binding coming loose
N. E. Sanitarium, Training School for Missionary Nurses Graduation Invite for the Missionary Nurses Class of 1905 . .Melrose, MA.1905
A three page invite for the graduating class of 1905 for the New England Sanitarium, Training School for Missionary Nurses. Located along the border between the two Massachusetts towns of Stoneham and Melrose, the sanitarium and nursing school were apart of a Seventh-Day Adventist Church. The sanitarium would later become known Boston Regional Medical Center before it closed in 1999. This formal invite to the graduation of the  class of 1905 has thick stock paper covers, with yellow string binding. The front cover of the program is has gilt school seal and text. The interior pages features the event details, the school motto- "Not I, But Christ"- and includes a list of graduates, eleven total- three men, and 8 women. Measures 5 1/4" x 4".
Paul Davis March for Soviet Jewry Poster. .New York.30808
A  poster advertising the "March for Soviet Jewry" that took place in New York on May 6, 1984, otherwise known as Solidarity Sunday. The purpose of the political march was for the people of New York, including the Jewish people of New York to show their support for the Jews in the Soviet Union who were facing a variety of human rights abuses at the time. The poster was designed by Paul Davis and shows an image of an older Jewish woman wearing a red head scarf. Above the portrait is the quote, "Take my picture. Show my face. Tell everyone I am still here." This march inspired the "Freedom Sunday for Soviet Jews", which occurred in 1987, in Washington, DC. Measures 22 1/2" x 15".
Picture Books for Little Children: Picture Lessons in Prose, no. 16The Religious Tract Society London
16 pp. Illustrated printed paper cover, each story has illustration at start, book number 16, mid to late 1800's. Titles include: Remember. -- What a child ought to be. -- What a child ought not to be. -- What a good little boy is. -- What a good little girl is. -- Things to give. -- Things to keep. -- Rules for the playground. -- The golden rule. -- The morning ride. -- The new armchair. -- Yes and no. -- Love to Jesus. -- A bad bargain. OCLC: 1 (8/29/2016) 5 3/4" x 3 1/4" . cover worn and torn, edges flaking, cover not attached to binding, pages intact with some foxing
Promise Box - "Exceeding Great and Precious Promises" - Promises Box - Take One and Replace
A 4" x 5" x 1 1/8" lidded paper covered box with printed label on top. It reads "Exceeding Great and Precious Promises" Thy Words were found and I did eat them Jer. 15:16. TAKE ONE AND REPLACE.   When opened it reveals rolled paper inspirational Bible verses. An applied label on the bottom of the box provides information on purchasing additional Promise Boxes.
Recreation Department Pictures of a White Mountain Camp, A Summer Resort Brochure. The Outlook Company.New York, NY.[1910]
Fryeburg-on-the-Saco was a summer resort open from July 1st to October 1st in Fryeburg, ME. While technically it was a summer resort, it was a particular resort that is hard to accurately define. This is something the place recognizes itself, and indeed starts of the brochure with: "A Camp? Perhaps that term describes it as well as any one term can. The fact is that its uniqueness prevents the accurate use of a name which could be applied elsewhere. An assembly, a settlement, a summer school, a family of families -each of these names and a dozen others succeeds in standing for only one side of the life which is pleasantly associated in the minds of many with the banks of the Saco and the shady trees of old Fryeburg." The camp was also home to several organizations such as the Fryeburg School of Method, the Fryeburg School of Theology and the Church, the Maine Chautauqua Union, and the Sunday School Institute and Bible School. The camp contain several buildings, Normal Hall for classes, Grove House for its offices, an auditorium where daily lectures or concerts were held, cottages for the guests, and a dining hall. The camp's drinking and bathing water all came from one well on the property that was fed by a mineral spring. Throughout the brochure are fifteen (15) printed photographs of the grounds, building, Saco River and White Mountains. 24 pgs. Green printed wrappers. Staple binding. Measures 7 1/2" x 6".
Reuben Kent at School; or, Influence as it Should BeAmericna Sunday-School UnionPhiladelphia1844
87 pp. Applied marble cover, 3 plates,  embellishments at end of some chapters. Reuben, originally hesitant about going off to school,  learns how his Bible studies can influence his daily life. 6" x 4"
Robert and his School.   Lane & Tippett New York 1847
24 pp. Blue paper illustrated printed cover, no title page, book begins with illustration and story. "For the Sunday-School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church" The story of Robert and his lack of enjoyment at school, he encounters the parents of his friend Frank, a successful student, and is quoted the lessons of the Bible. Robert is very impressed and changes his ways. 4 1/2" x 3" slight foxing
Rufus Merrill The History of Joseph . Rufus Merrill & Co..Concord.1843
16 pp. wrapper with 9 woodcuts. The book tells a brief history of Joseph, and ends with a moral for the children. This is apart of a series called "New and Amusing Toys". This book is number 12 in the second series. The cover is green with some tears in the corners. The back cover lists all the books in the series. The corners are slightly folded throughout, along with a little bit of foxing. Measures 4 1/4" x 2 3/4"..
Satanus Diabolus Handbill Placed In Hymnbooks - Letters from Hell to President Bartlett, No. 3682. ..1887
A satirical letter written to criticize President Bartlett, the president of Dartmouth College. The letter is written from the devil to his servant, President Bartlett and critiques his reason behavior and decisions in regard to a 'Unitarian affair'. The letter is signed 'Your Master, Satanus Diabolus' which is Latin for 'Satan Devil'. Below are some quotes from the letter: "But some of your doings of late have given me pain... Now the ridiculous figure you cut at Senior Biblicals the other morning was enough to move a hardened crocodile to tears. The way you raged and stamped and yelled "take off your hat" reminded me of a senile buffalo in a fit of the tantrums." "And when you gave your three reasons, in such a magnanimous tone, why you had decided to allow students to attend Unitarian services, you did not mention the fourth very imperative reason, viz. :that the Trustees fell on you as wolves on a lamb (I beg pardon of the lamb for the comparison)." Single sheet. Measures 9 1/4" x 5".. An excerpt from Old Dartmouth on Trial: The Transformation of the Academic Community in  Nineteenth Century America by Mary Tobias ....An in 1887 a student (or students) placed a "Letter from Hell" in the students' hymnbooks, which they opened during required chapel services; it was addressed to President Bartlett and singed "Santanus Diabolu".
Selina Bunbury Little Dora Playfair; or "I Won't Go to School". Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, Printed By Gilbert and Rivington.London.18511869
"Printed under the direction of the committee of general literature and education, appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge". 18 pages, bound in  yellow paper wrapper with decorative border; "Class 1" printed in the bottom right corner, within border; contains 3 engraved illustrations. Story of a young girl who refuses to go to school until misfortune shows her the error of her ways. 5" x 3". OCLC-3 (Aug, 2018).
The Barbary Doves. Benjamin Pardon.London.1850
Produced by the The Religious Tract Society. 32 pages; green paper wrapper, cover has decorative border. Engraved frontisepiece, decorative elements on title page. Story focusing on religion, morality, and devotion to God. 2 3/4" x 4". OCLC-1 (Aug, 2018).
The Birth of Jesus.   Folding book Ltd Amsterdam
Applied board cover, peep show book-can fold out into full circle that has pop ups, color illustrations by R.T. Cowern. The story tells the tale of Jesus in a visual way by creating a 3D image. Detailed with pop up and cut out images. 7" x 5" slight wear from folding and unfolding, a few small tears in pop up
The Cheerful Heart; or, "A Silver Lining to Every Cloud." Little Anna Stories.. Lee and Shepard.Boston.1854
152 pp. Embossed cloth cover,gilt spine, frontispiece, 2 illustrated plates, Little Anna Series. Chapters include Daisy Valley and its Inhabitants, Death in the Valley, The Hermit, and Conclusion. OCLC: 4 (11/23/2016) 6" x 4". slight wear and staining on cover, pencil marks  on front end paper,
The Cottage Girl; or An Account of Ann Edwards and Ann and her Mother; or, the Sin of Falsehood.   American Sunday-School Union Philadelphia c 1848
51 pp, Marbled cover, The Cottage Girl 35pp, Frontispiece of female praying at bedside, full text; Ann and her Mother 16pp, full text with one image on first page; bound together, June 2016 OCLC-2. 5 3/4" x 3 1/2" heavy cover wear, light foxing throughout, the two individual books are bound together
The English Version of the Polyglott Bible: Containing the Old and New testaments, with the Marginal Readings.. G. & C. Merriam. Springfield. 1844
1115 pp, 856 for the Old Testament and 259 for the New Testament. Red gilt and blind stamped hard cover, illustrations and 6 plates (2 of which are frontispieces for each testament), three chambers on spine, gilt stamp of praying woman on front and back cover, gilt forage. "The form in which this volume no appears is altogether different from anything which has before been given to the Public, but its originality will be found pre-eminently to consist in a laborious and entirely new Selection and Arrangement of References, in which it has been endeavoured faithfully to exhibit the Scripture as its own Expositor" -Preface. 4 1/2" x 3" inscribed, some staining on cover and toning
The Fatal Blow; or, the Effects of AngerAmerican Baptist Publication SocietyPhiladelphia
31 pp. Applied marble cover, frontispiece. The story of a group of boys and the devastating effect that can occur when not obeying the gospel. OCLC: 2 (9/7/2016) 5 3/4" x 3 3/4"
The Fourth of July. A Tale.. American Tract Society.New York .n.d.
36 pp. Printed soft cover, hand sewn binding, illustrations. Two inscriptions dated 1829 and 1830. Two women, Kitty Potter and Sally Milman, talking of what they will see on the Fourth of July. Sally uses her religious teachings to point out the wrongs that her friends and neighbors do. 5 1/2" x 3 1/2". cover worn, inscribed, foxing, hand sewn repair on cover, tears and creases on pages
The Little GravesMahlon Day
8 pp. illustrated printed paper cover, cover and title page are the same, one illustration at beginning of text. Three short writings, "The Little Graves," "The New Grave," " and "Lines" referencing the death of young siblings. 3 1/4" x 2" . wear on cover
The Lord's Prayer: Children's Coloring Book, c1940s. ..c1940s
This is a handmade coloring book, depicting "The Lords's Prayer". The interior pages were created using a mimeograph, then the outlines were colored in by a child. The name Virginia is written on the back of the majority of the pages. The pages were then bound together using brad clips The imagery is a reflective social commentary  Mostly likely this book was made during Sunday School. 9" x6". Very minor edge wear, The interior pages are slightly toned due to age.
The New PlanetAmerican Sunday School UnionPhiladelphia1847
23 pp. Brown illustrated printed paper cover, frontispiece. A mother describes planets, the moon and sun by referencing the first chapter in Genesis to her child. The child  questions a conversation overheard of his father and his peers discussing a new planet. Advertisement for "Attractive and Useful Books For Boys" on back cover. OCLC: 2 (8/29/2016) 6" x 3 3/4". some wear and staining on cover, foxing throughout, inscribed
The Picture Book; with Stories in Easy Words: for Little Readers . Kiggins & Kellogg.New York.1856-1857
8 pp. wrapper with 6 illustrations. The back of the chapbook, states that this is apart of Redfield's Toy Books: Four Series of Twelve Books Each. This book is the from the first series, No. 7. Depending on when the book was published the address of the publisher varies either it is 88 John Street or 123 & 125 William St. on wrapper. The publisher was on John St. between 1849 and 1856, and on William St. between 1856 and 1857. The books tells the story of a little boy who goes to visit his sister and what he sees along the way. The cover is a light pink with some soiling. There are some very faded stains on towards the edge, it does not effect the text or images in the book. Measures 3 1/4" x 2"..
The Potato. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge: Printed By B. Clay.London.1862
" Printed under the direction of the committee of general literature and education, appointed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge". 16 pages, bound in green  paper wrapper with decorative border; engraved frontisepiece. Tells the story of the potato, focusing on it's history in England and it's relevance in one's relationship with God. 3 1/2" x 2 1/4". OCLC-1 (Aug, 2018).
The Sunday School Hymn BookAmerican Sunday School UnionPhiladelphiac. 1828
128 pp. Illustrated and printed paper cover, frontispiece, full text. The Hymn Book contains hymns on the categories of creation and providence, redemption, gratitude, prayer, The Scriptures, worship, Lord's day, morning and evening, opening and closing year, for teachers, God's omnipotence, the importance of religion, time uncertain, call to repentance, repentance, death of a teacher, death, death of a scholar, judgment, and miscellaneous listed numerically with a full index in back. 4 1/4" x 3". wear on cover, foxing
The Sunday School Visiter Volume I..   General Protestant Episcopal Sunday School Union New York 1835
431 pp. Applied marble cover, leather gilt spine, bound volume of Sunday School Visiter magazine, index in front. Monthly magazine, January through December, fully bound. Each month contains articles, miscellany, stories, instruction, reports, and communications. 6 3/4" x 4 1/2" wear on cover, binding cover ripped on first page, foxing throughout
The Wagon Boy; or Trust in Providence. Kiggins & Kellogg.New York.1856-1857
16 pp. wrapper with 6 illustrations. The back of the chapbook, states that this is apart of Redfield's Toy Books: Four Series of Twelve Books Each. This book is the from the second series, No. 9. Depending on when the book was published the address of the publisher varies either it is 88 John Street or 123 & 125 William St. on wrapper. The publisher was on John St. between 1849 and 1856, and on William St. between 1856 and 1857. This book tells the story of little boy named Richard, who as a reward for good behavior at school is taken on a hunting trip by his father. What starts out as a great day takes a sudden mournful turn. There sewing repair on the binding, as well as a stain on the top left of the cover, which continues throughout the book, however it does not impact the text or images. There some slight toning and soiling as well. Measures 3 3/4" x 2 1/4"..
The Youth's Dayspring. January, 1851American Board of Commissioners for Foreign MissionsBoston1851
16 pp. Green illustrated printed paper cover, monthly periodical, Vol. II, no 1 for January 1851, contains 2 illustrations. Inside cover lists ordering information and donations to Children's Educational Funds. Content titles include: The New Year, Julia the Heathen Girl, Hindoo Blacksmiths, Blacksmiths worshiping their Tools, The Hindoo Pilgrim, More Blessed to Give than to Receive, The Temple of Siva, The Great Pagoda of Tanjore, The First Siberian who Loved Jesus, The Rejected Idol,  and A Thought for Older People. 6 3/4" x 4". Slight staining, small tear on back cover
Thos. HoustonManual of Hymns; A Collection of Hymns for Social and Family WorshipChittenango, N.Y.1845
Red textured cover, interfoliata. Compiled by Thomas Houston and Alfred Bellamy, Printed by John Dow. A collection of 122 hymns "appropriate for social and family worship." Headings include Invitations of the Gospel, Christian Acts and Exercises, Missions, and Family Worship. Interfoliata is torn from another book with the inscription "Oct. 23, 1845 Mrs. S Curry a Life Member." OCLC: 5 (9/12/2016) 4 1/2" x 2 3/4"
W. Fisk, D.D.. Discourse on Predestination and Election, preached on an Especial Occasion at Greenwich, Massachusetts, 2nd ed.. E.&G. Merriam.Brookfield.1831
32 pp. soft cover with string tied spine. Second edition of Fisk's Discourse based on predestination and election. 9 1/2" x 6". edges worn, staining and toning, tears on edges but no text is lost
Williamsburg Mission to the Jews Circular & Donation Envelope