Winchester, Va. John Heiskell, Printer, . vi, 238 pp Original full sheep [some rubbing]. Light to moderate foxing, heavy spotting at pages 146-147; leaf 87-88 bound out of sequence between pages 92/93. Front free endpaper excised; subsequent blank with neat rectangular excision from top half. Two contemporary inscriptions dated 1824 and 1827. Good.
Bacon, who had been Minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Maryland, published these sermons in London in 1749-1750, including two which he had preached to a congregation of Maryland slaves. Bishop Meade, persuaded that slaves required religious instruction, arranged for their publication in 1813. He also caused to be published here a variety of other material for that purpose: the most interesting of these is a piece entitled 'A Dialogue,' which includes an early appearance of the character of 'Sambo'.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. LCP 762. Haynes 860. 133 Eberstadt 928. Not in Sabin, Work, Blockson. Item #30030