THE DIVINE CHARACTER VINDICATED
First Edition, First Printing,
Publication Underwritten by P. T. Barnum
New York: J. S. Redfield,
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THE DIVINE CHARACTER VINDICATED
Gilded Spine & Front Cover
Title, Publisher & Copyright Page with
Beecher & Book of Job Quotations
Front Hardbound Cover
Book Registration Statement for J. S. Redfield,
Moses Ballou Dedication to P. T. Barnum
Dated January 22, 1854
Rear Hardbound Cover
Full Angle of Registration & Dedication Pages
Sample Page 201
Front Page Edges
Full Angle Pages 200-201
Sample Page 301
Bottom & Front Page Edges Angle
Sample Page 100
Full Angle Title Page & 2nd Blank Page
Inside Front Cover Angle
Full Angle Last Page 412 & First
Sample Final Text Page 412
REV. MOSES BALLOU
REV. MOSES BALLOU was a son of David Ballou and began preaching
Universalism in 1833, itinerating in the area around his home in
Monroe, Massachusetts. He was considered a powerful preacher. After
receiving fellowship in 1834, he settled in Bath, New Hampshire,
1835; Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1836-43; New York City (Fourth
Universalist), 1843-45; Portsmouth again, 1845-48; Bridgeport,
Connecticut, 1848-54; Hartford, Connecticut, 1854-57; Philadelphia
(Second Universalist), 1857-59; New York City (Third Universalist),
1859-65; New Haven, Connecticut (supply preaching), 1865-66; and
Philadelphia (Second Universalist again), 1866-72. In retirement in
Atco, New Jersey, he preached to a small society that he had helped
to found. In addition to writing for the Universalist Quarterly and
other denominational papers, he wrote THE DIVINE CHARACTER
VINDICATED (1854), a book personally subsidized by Phineas T.
Barnum, to whom he dedicated the book, which is a thorough review as
well as commentary on the recent THE CONFLICT OF AGES by Reverend Dr. E.
- From Internet sources including Wikipedia and UUA.org
DIVINE CHARACTER VINDICATED: A review of some of the
principal features of Rev. Dr. E. Beecher's recent work,
entitled The Conflict of Ages, or The Great Debate on the
Moral Relations of God and Man.
Author: Rev. Moses Ballou. New York: J. S.
Redfield, 1854. This is a subsidized first printing of most probably
50 copies to no more than
250. The book's publication was underwritten by Phineas T. Barnum, Rev.
Ballou's close friend as well as a member of his church, as
was the book's publisher J. S. (Justus Starr) Redfield.
Indeed, Rev. Ballou, P. T. Barnum and J. S. Redfield were more than
friends and business partners. The three men were, perhaps unknowingly, related.
Ballou and Redfield share a common ancestor through Captain John
Starr, while Barnum and Redfield have a common ancestor through
Sir Thomas Barnum (the Earl Of Kent). The common bond of all three
men was their
measures 5.50" x 7.50" and consists of 412 text pages
followed by seven pages of advertisements.
This THE DIVINE CHARACTER VINDICATED is in Good+/Very Good condition, especially for a book of this age. There are two small black markouts at top of inside front cover and a short penciled code as seen in photo. At top of the first blank page is a small penciled area including a price notation. The Seller states the book is not ex-lib and has not been rebound. The binding is tight and the spine has not been broken over. The four hardcover corners only are slightly bent, and there are minor scuffs and chipping in five or six small spots along the top and front cover edges
and one small scuff on front
cover, none of which are
deep or affect the spine or interior pages. Although there are occasional dark foxing spots on some interior pages, these are quite small as seen in photos, and do not affect the text. The page edges only show faint age-toning. The interior pages are not yellowed but rather a dulled white. There are no rips, tears, dampstains or marks to the interior other than those noted above.
The Seller acquired this book from an online charity auction, with an interest in his distant kinship to
the Ballou family. The Seller's ancestor, a Calvinist pastor, settled Rhode Island with other Huguenots (comprised of different sects of Baptists, Puritans, Pilgrims, Calvinists, and Universalists).
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