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Author Name    THORNWELL, JAMES HENLEY.

Title   The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, D.D., LL.D., Late Professor of Theology in the Theological Seminary at Columbia, South Carolina.

Binding   Bound publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering

Book Condition   rubbed & scuffed, fraying and worn through cloth at spine ends & corners, spine ends & corners consolidated with book adhesive, dark brown endpapers, pages lightly tanning, scattered occasional light foxing, otherwise good condition with sound hinges.

Type   book

Size   Octavo, 15 x 22.9cm., 2 vols (of 4).

Highlights    1871

Location Published   Richmond: Presbyterian Committee of Publication. New York: Robert Carter & Bros. Philadelphia: Alfred Martien. Louisville: Davidson Bros. & Co.

Book Number   17476

Collected Writings of Southern Presbyterian Theologian James Thornwell, Vols I & II, Richmond, 1871, First Editions


THORNWELL, JAMES HENLEY. The Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell, D.D., LL.D., Late Professor of Theology in the Theological Seminary at Columbia, South Carolina. Edited by John B. Adger, D.D., Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Polity in the same Seminary. Vol. I.--Theological. [& Vol. II.--Theological and Ethical] Richmond: Presbyterian Committee of Publication. New York: Robert Carter & Bros. Philadelphia: Alfred Martien. Louisville: Davidson Bros. & Co. 1871, 1871. 2 vols (of 4). Octavo, 15 x 22.9cm.

Bound publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering on spines, rubbed & scuffed, fraying and worn through cloth at spine ends & corners, spine ends & corners consolidated with book adhesive, dark brown endpapers, pages lightly tanning, scattered occasional light foxing, otherwise good condition with sound hinges. Collation: 10 unsigned leaves, 2-418, 422; 8 unsigned leaves, 2-398, last leaf blank. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, iii-vi Editor's Preface, 3-21 Contents, (1) blank, p.23 Prefatory Note, (1) blank, 25-650 main text, 651-659 index, (1) blank; (1) title, (1) copyright, 3-13 Contents, (1) blank, (1) Prefatory note, (1) blank, 17-613 main text, (1) blank, 615-622 index. There is a nice steel-engraved portrait of Thornwell at the frontispiece in vol. 1. Pencil signature of "A.M. Shimill, 1872" on back side of frontispiece.

Thornwell (1812-1862) Presbyterian clergyman and educator. Attended Andover Theol. Seminary & Harvard but withdrew because of their liberal views. He "returned to South Carolina in October 1834, repelled alike by the New England climate and mental attitude." After pastoring several churches he was later elected president of the College of South Carolina (1851). He left in 1855 to become professor of didactic and polemic theology at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Columbia, a position which he held until his death seven years later. He opposed the participation of the church in such secular affairs as the slavery controversy and temperance reform. "When the general assembly of 1861 adopted resolutions indorsing the Federal government he induced the Synod of South Carolina to indorse political secession and was a leading spirit in the organization of the Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America.... A political moderate before 1860, he championed the formation of the Southern Confederacy after the election of Lincoln. His article on 'The State of the Country' (Southern Presbyterian Review, January 1861) was published as a pamphlet and won wide acclaim as a cogent defense of the Southern point of view... His premature death, due to consumption, aggravated by overwork and the excitement of war, prevented the execution of a comprehensive treatise on theology which he contemplated preparing. Most of his addresses and sermons are preserved in "The Collected Writings of J. H. Thornwell (4 vols, 1871-73)"--Dict. Amer. Biography, XVIII:508.

I offer the first two volumes of Thornwell's Collected Works. Vols. 3 & 4 were published two years later in 1873.

19th Century Books, Presbyterianism, American Church History, Ethics, Theology, Calvinism

Price = 175.00 USD



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