Baltimore: Printed by John W. Woods, 1838.
Full Leather. First Edition. A First Edition copy of Elder Plummer Waters’ Salvation for the Chief of Sinners. the Elder was an early Baptist minister of Maryland, preacher for the Fredericktown, Hammond, and Old Seneca Churches and a congregation in Lisbon. In his Salvation, he puts forward his Baptist doctrine as well as gives an account of the opposition to his ministerial practices. He condemns the non-confrontational or purely intellectual sermons of many Maryland ministers, which he likens to the dishonesty and cunning of “modern politicians.” The same division on ministerial practices would eventually break the Maryland Baptists into “primitive” and “missionary” Baptists, culminating in 1845. This work is perhaps an important text for examining the roots of the Maryland Baptist schism. First Edition, with a partial list of subscribers to the work at the rear. Dampstaining to the bottom and top edges of the textblock, and the fore edge of the preliminaries; blue spot on the bottom of some leaves; foxing throughout; nameplate on the front pastedown. Full calf, with a red morocco label on the spine, lettering stamped in gilt. Front board discretely reattached by a conservator. An uncommon work, we locate only two copies on OCLC. Very Good. (American Imprints 1838, p. 241. Joshua Warfield, The Founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland, p. 465. Primitive Baptist Library of Carthage, Illinois, “Church and Family History Research Assistance for Primitive Baptist Churches in the State of Maryland.” Maryland Inventory of Historic Places Addendum, “Columbia Primitive Baptist Church” p. 3).
Very Good binding.