New-Haven: Joseph Barber, 1812. Very Good-. Item #27429
New-Haven: Joseph Barber, 1812. 12mo (18cm.); full contemporary sheep, maroon gilt spine label; 312pp. (collated complete); engraved portrait frontispiece. Leather rather rubbed and starting to peel at fore-edge margins of both covers, small loss at spine crown, textblock toned and occasionally soiled, contemporary ownership signature of a Cynthia Painter to front free endpaper, with pencil doodle copying frontispiece portrait on following page (maybe also done by Painter?). Overall a Good to Very Good copy with lengthy list of subscribers bound in rear.
One of many editions of the life of Anglican evangelist George Whitefield (1714-1770), who served as a missionary in colonial Georgia while still a young minister, returning to England only in order to raise funds to establish an orphanage in Savannah. Later established in Philadelphia, Whitefield launched a preaching career that brought him enormous fame, the American National Biography describing him as "the most publicized man in America." Whitefield can be readily identified in his portrait as a man forever at the pulpit, both arms held high above his head.
AMERICAN IMPRINTS 25529; SABIN 27415.