The Child in Heaven, or, Thoughts on the State of the Early Dead. DEATH AND MOURNING, Rev. L. D. Davis.

The Child in Heaven, or, Thoughts on the State of the Early Dead

Syracuse: E.H. Babcock & Co., 1853.

First and only edition. 12mo, 148 pp, in publisher’s blind-stamped plum cloth. Wood-engraved vignette of a family scene on title page. Inscribed on the front pastedown “Mrs. Clement Dale, the Author L.D. Davis a Cousin of my Mama.” Some staining to boards, internals clean; very good. Four copies located in OCLC.

A typical (but uncommon) example of nineteenth century sentimental mourning literature. Reverend Davis, a Methodist minister, reflects on the frailty of mankind and the particular heartbreak of losing a child. He offers comfort to the bereaved through scriptural evidence that a deceased child goes to a better place and will be reunited with loved ones in eternity.

Item #19918

Price: $150.00

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