[Washington, O.]: Published by Joshua Martin, Printed by John B. Wolff, Wheeling, Va. 1848. A later edition of the collected Journals and polemical writings, one of two issues of this Joshua Martin edition (the other bears Washington, Ohio, imprint--see Morgan 10186). 8vo, original full calf, red sheep label, gilt lettering, 728 pages. Double frontis portraits. Calf quite worn, with substantial loss to the lower portion of the spine; stained throughout, with a few gatherings just a bit sprung; still, a good, sound copy. Item #11410
The essential writings of one of the best-known American itinerant ministers, with an appropriate Ohio Valley imprint. The broad outlines of Dow's eccentric career are well-known--called to preach in the 1790s by youthful fever dreams; traveling untold miles across America, Ireland and England; making thousands of Methodist conversions though he was never ordained; and combining a radical democratic vision and spiritual conversion that ran counter to Eastern elitism and Calvinism. That he was also a striking figure (lank hair to his shoulders, dirty dark clothing) as suggested by his portrait here.