1812.080: A Journey from Babylon to Jerusalem.

Published: 1812

Full Title: A journey from Babylon to Jerusalem, or The road to peace and true happiness: prefaced with an essay on the rights of man. By Lorenzo Dow. It being the essence of twenty years experience, observations and reflections.

Author: Dow, Lorenzo (1777-1834).

Place Issued: Lynchburg

Issuing Press: Haas & Lamb

Description: 96 pgs. + 143 pgs. + 11 pgs. (250 pgs. total); 18 cm. (12mo).


Dow, a controversial Methodist itinerant, spent a large part of 1812 & 1813 in the Lynchburg area conducting evangelical revival meetings; repeating his experience there in 1804, Dow employed a local press to publish the latest of his numerous works; this title proved to be the most substantial imprint that Haas & Lamb ever produced; it was also the only edition of this title to be issued separately from his other works; later versions are found only in collections of the divine's writings. The use of this press was evidently the result of the relationship Dow forged earlier with Samuel K. Jennings, the local Methodist minister and physician who now edited the Lynchburg Press for Haas & Lamb; he had contributed a medical commentary to a religiously-focused marriage manual that Dow published in New York in 1808. Each of the two texts in this item are paginated separately, suggesting they were available as distinct imprints; the initial "Essay" has a caption title, while the longer "Journey" has a full title page; last element is an unpaged index and subscriber list; that list includes Jennings and the Richmond booksellers John Boyce and Samuel Pleasants.

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