Bethany, VA: Printed and published by Alexander Campbell, 1852. Early edition. Leather bound. 444pp. Duodecimo [18.5 cm] Full brown calf with a gilt stamped black leather spine label. Very good. The leather covers are rubbed. There are 2 three inch cracks at the foot of the spine along the joints. There are tiny losses from the leather at the spine ends. The underlying boards are exposed along the edges, and two small patches of the underlying boards are exposed on the front cover. There is a faint contemporary owner's name on the front flyleaf. The pages are foxed. Item #20072
In 1811, Alexander was the pastor of Bull Run Church, a group of Presbyterian refugees. The birth of his first child forced him to revisit his views on infant baptism. He felt that his own infant baptism was invalid, so he sought out a Baptist minister His church then joined the local Baptist association. Alexander journeyed on horseback through the Midwest and South, preaching a modest gospel stripped of "dogma" and "creeds." In 1823 he started The Christian Baptist, a monthly that, wrote editor Campbell, "shall espouse the cause of no religious sect, excepting that ancient sect 'called Christians first at Antioch.'"