[Raleigh, N.C. General Tract Agency, between 1861-1865]. First edition. 16mo, unbound pamphlet, approx. 5-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches, 8 pages. A bit browned and a little dust soiled; a good, sound copy. Item #14019
Two small pious pieces, “Noah’s Carpenters” and “Delay in Religion,” the latter signed in type “Dr. Spencer.” The first piece is signed in type “Heber”—though per the catalogue description of the copy at AAS, “Erroneously attributed to the English clergyman, Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta. Based on textual references (e.g. school ‘vacations’ and the work of missions in ‘the West’), the tract is undoubtedly of American origin although the author has not been identified. Also, it is not included among Reginald Heber’s works cited in the British Museum catalogue, Allibone’s Dictionary of authors, or the Dictionary of national biography.” The General Tract Agency was perhaps the earliest Confederate tract publisher during the Civil War, established in mid-1861 by an interdenominational group in Raleigh. Parrish & Willingham 8756. Two-inch tear across the first leaf (no loss).