Title System of Theology Contained in the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Edition First Edition
Size 12mo, 12.7 x 18.7cm
Book Number 17432
First Edition of A.A. & J.A Hodge's The System of Theology Contained in the Westminster Shorter Catechism Philadelphia, 1886, 1887
HODGE, ARCHIBALD ALEXANDER & J. ASPINWALL HODGE. The System of Theology Contained in the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Opened and Explained. By Rev. A. A. Hodge, D.D. [& Rev. J. Aspinwall Hodge, D.D.] Text-book of the Theological Summer School. Part I [& Part II]. Philadelphia: James A. Worden, Sec. of S.-S. Work, No. 1334 Chestnut Street. 1886, 1887. 12mo, 12.7 x 18.7cm.
A. A. Hodge (1823-1886) American Presbyterian, son of Charles Hodge, graduate of Princeton, college & seminary, missionary in India for 3 years, pastor 1851-1864, chair of systematic theology, Western Theol. Seminary, Allegheny, Pa. 1864-1877, Princeton Theol Sem. 1877-1886. "Hodge's distinguishing characteristic as a theologian was his power as a thinker... His theology of was that of the Reformed confessions."--Francis L. Patton in The New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Rel. Knowl., V:304. "His Outlines of Theology, which had extensive long-continued use as a textbook, is a dry precise statement of the elder Hodge's doctrine, clearly analytical and dogmatically positive."--Dict. Amer. Biog., IX:98. From the preface: "The 'Bible Correspondence School' was organized in 1883. It is an answer to the question, which has for many years pressed for solution, How shall the teachers of our Sabbath-schools be prepared for their work? It has grown far beyond expectations... From members of the Bible Correspondence School has arisen a demand for a course in Systematic Theology." Note on verso of title page of part II: "The Change of Author. The sudden and lamented death of Rev. A.A. Hodge, D.D., the author of Part I. of this work left the Summer Theological School without an instructor for Part II. This embraces the important portions of the theology of the Westminster Shorter Catechism relating to the law of God, the guilt and helplessness of man, and the means and conditions of salvation... After careful thought and wise counsel, I invited his cousin, Rev. J. Aspinwall Hodge, D.D., of Hartford, Conn.... to prepare Part II." We are please to offer the scarce first edition of Hodge's System of Theology.
Bound in publisher's black textured cloth with faded gold lettering on spine, wearing through cloth at corners and spine ends, bottom two corners bumped, cloth soiled, damp spots on back cover, light yellow endpapers, modern red library stamp on bottom page edges and on endpapers, pages browning--first part darker than second part, small water spot on title and next 3 leaves, a few pages with pencil marks in margins.
Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, 3-4 preface, 5-78 text of pt 1, (2) blank; (1) title, (1) change of author note, 81-168 text part 2, 169-185 questions, 186-190 index. Printer on verso of title page of Part I: "Wescott & Thomson, Stereotypers and Electrotypers, Philada." OCLC locates only Princeton Univ. & Presb. Hist. Soc. with this the first edition. 2nd ed. issued in 1888 published by A.C. Armstrong & Son, and is more common. (17432)