Just got my copy in this morning. Good Lord… when I saw an independent bookseller on Amazon was selling a copy, I thought I was going to get a transcribed printoff or something (especially since the seller mistyped the title).
I now have a first-edition hardback, printed and bound in 1874.
I’m scared to even touch the thing. It feels like it could fall apart if I try to read it. I have a couple of books in my library printed in the 20s, but nothing else this old that I recall.
For those who don’t know, this book was suggested as the flagship work of the burgeoning (but eventually aborted) “catholic universalist” movement back in the late 19th century, in an article called “Catholic Universalism” written by Henry I. Cushman , whose essay one of our new members, Christine, linked to here at GoogleBooks (from a periodic journal of a universalist association of the time, April 1888.)
The essay itself is quite interesting; and worthy of contemplation. (The author isn’t talking about Roman Catholics becoming universalists, by the way, but about what I usually call ‘orthodox universalism’, i.e. orthodox trinitarian Christian universalism. I have been unable to find any other article, yet, written by this pastor.)
This post is mainly provided as a reminder to me, to report on the contents of this rare book someday before hell freezes over perhaps. But the essay, which takes this book (apparently) as a good recent inspiration, is available for any forum visitor to read at any time.
(PS: I am pretty sure that the copyright has expired, so any enterprising typist who would like to transcribe the article as a .doc or .pdf file for the forum, has my blessings to do so.)
(PPS: I am pretty sure that the copyright has expired on the book I’m holding, too, but I would rather read it to see if it is worth transcribing for posterity first. If so… guh, when would i have the time… sigh… It’s over 355 pages. And also, how to do so without destroying the book!!)