Travels In New England & New York 4 Vols-maps-history~rare 1st~dwight 1821-1822
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Travels In New England & New York 4 Vols-maps-history~rare 1st~dwight 1821-1822:
FANTASTIC, ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION,FOUR VOLUME SET "TRAVELS IN NEW ENGLAND AND NEW YORK" BY TIMOTHY DWIGHT, LATE PRESIDENT OF YALE COLLEGE. SELF PUBLISHED BY TIMOTHY DWIGHT, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT 1821 AND 1822. S. CONVERSE PRINTER. ALL LINEN BACKEDMAPS PRESENT AND IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. A classic Americana work and the most important of Dwight's writings is presented here in a four volume set that is in very good condition with all maps present and alsoin very good condition; the called-for errata slip is intact at the end of volume four. These early nineteenth century works are the pinnacle of American travel with descriptive text quite possibly being the best description of New England in the early 19th century. Dwight traveled throughout New England and New York extensively for decades and wrote letters with detailed descriptions of the majority of sites, towns and villages that he visited. These four volumes represent his first person account of life and travel in the early part of the 19thcentury and are a very worthy acquisition indeed. The term "Cape Cod House" makes its first appearance in this work.[Howes D612].Timothy Dwight [May 14, 1752 – January 11, 1817] was an American academic and educator, a Congregationalist minister, theologian, and author. He was the eighth president of Yale College [1795–1817]. Dwight was born May 15, 1752 in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Dwight family had a long association with Yale College. His father, a merchant and farmer known as Major Timothy Dwight, was born May 27, 1726, graduated from Yale in 1744, served in the American Revolutionary War, and died June 10, 1777.It is said of Timothy Dwight that he learned the alphabet at a single lesson, and towas able to read the Bible before he was four years old. He had 12 younger siblings, including journalist Theodore Dwight [1764–1846].Dwight graduated from Yale in 1769 when was only 17 years old. For two years, he was Rector of the Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a tutor at Yale College from 1771 to 1777. Licensed to preach in 1777, he was appointed by Congress to bethe Chaplain in General Samuel Holden Parsons's Connecticut Continental Brigade. He served with distinction, inspiring the troops with his sermons and the stirring war songs he composed, the most famous of which is "Columbia". On March 3, 1777, Dwight married Mary Woolsey (1754–1854), the daughter of New York merchant and banker Benjamin Woolsey [1720–1771].. This marriage connected him to some of New York's wealthiest and most influential families. Woolsey had been Dwight's father's Yale classmate, roommate, and intimate friend.On news of his father's death in the fall of 1778,Timothy resigned his commission and returned to take charge of his family in Northampton. Besides managing the family's farms, he preached and taught, establishing a school for both sexes. During this period, he served two terms in the Massachusetts legislature. Dwight first came to public attention with his Yale College "Valedictory Address" of 1776, in which he described Americans as having a unique national identity as a new "people, who have the same religion, the same manners, the same interests, the same language, and the same essential forms and principles of civic government."Declining calls from churches in Beverly and Charlestown, he chose instead to settle from 1783 until 1795 as minister in "Greenfield Hill," a congregational church in Fairfield, Connecticut. There he established an academy, which at once acquired a high reputation, and attracted pupils from all parts of the Union. Dwight was an innovative and inspiring teacher, preferring moral suasion over the corporal punishment favored by most schoolmasters of the day.He received honorary degrees from Princeton University in 1787 and Harvard University in 1810. In 1793 Dwight preached a sermon to the General Association of Connecticut entitled a "Discourse on the Genuineness and Authenticity of the New Testament" which when printed the next year became an important tract defending the orthodox faith against Deists and other skeptics.Dwight was the leader of the evangelical New Divinity faction of Congregationalism — a group closely identified with Connecticut's emerging commercial elite. Although fiercely opposed by religious moderates — most notably Yale president Ezra Stiles — he was elected to the presidency of Yale on Stiles's death in 1795. Shortly afterwards, he was elected an honorary member of the Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati. His ability as a teacher, and his talents as a religious and political leader, soon made the college the largest institution of higher education in North America. Dwight had a genius for recognizing able protégés — among them Lyman Beecher, Nathaniel W. Taylor, and Leonard Bacon, all of whom would become major religious leaders and theological innovators in the ante bellum decades.During troubled times at Yale University, president Timothy Dwight saw his students drawn to the radical republicanism and “infidel philosophy” of the French Revolution, including the philosophies of Hume, Hobbes, Tindal, and Lords Shaftesbury and Bolingbroke. Between 1797 and 1800, Dwight frequently warned audiences against the threats of this “infidel philosophy” in America. An address to the candidates for the baccalaureate in Yale College called "The Nature and Danger of Infidel Philosophy, Exhibited in Two Discourses, Addressed to the Candidates for the Baccalaureate, In Yale College" was delivered on September 9, 1797. It was published by George Bunce in 1798. This book is credited as one of the embers of the Second Great Awakening.Dwight was well known as an author, preacher, and theologian. He and his brother, Theodore, were members of a group of writers centered around Yale known as the "Hartford Wits. Probably his most important work, published posthumously, is his Travels in New England and New York [4 vols., 1821–1822, which we are presentinghere, in this listing]The work contains much material of value concerning social and economic New England and New York during the period 1796-1817. The term "Cape Cod House" makes its first appearance in this work. The work also contains the correspondence between Dwight and the theologian Gideon Hawley, following Dwight's visit to the elder preacher who was a very close friend of Dwight's parents. Dwight died of prostate cancer, in 1817and was buried in New Haven's Grove Street Cemetery.Condition: All four of these classic treatises are in very good condition as are the maps. Bound in three quarters leather with gilt lettering and raised bands on the spines.Outside shelf wear, some rubbing and scuffing. Spines are scuffed and rubbed, and two are chipped at the bottom [please see images].They all measure approx. 6" x 10" and are approx. 1 1/2" thick, and have deckled edges all-around. Volume I has 524 pages and a fold out map of "The Southern Part Of New England". Volume II has 527 pages and a map of "The Northern Part Of New England". Volume III has 534 pages and a map of "The State Of New York". Volume IV does not have a map nor is there one called for in Volume IV, however this last Volume has the "errata" for all four books. Previous owner hashis ex-libris tipped inon a blank end-paper in each volume [easily removable].the covers would like to start but are all holding their own.Shipping and Payment: Please see our response and offer with confidence. For international shipping quote, please contact us. Payment must be received within 5 days after close of sale. Never a reserve and very low opening offer as always.