Romanism and Evangelical Christianity A Study of Origins and Development.
Belfast: The "Christian Irishman" Office, c1940. x+ pp 6 - 128. 18.5 x 12.5 cm. This is the "brief summary" of the book of the same name, published by Hodder and Stoughton. Portrait frontispiece of the author, who was Late Professor of Church History and Principal of Presbyterian College, Belfast. There is an introductory note by James Haire, Professor Emeritus, Assembly's College. Thin gray card covers. Contents clean and tight. (Book ref. 13437) £10.00
Pardon and Assurance.
Edinburgh & London: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier 1904 Seventh edition. Edited with a biographical sketch by Rev. John M'Ilveen. 256 pp. 19.5 x 13.5. Frontispiece portrait. Hardback, no dw. Boards a bit dusty. Small mark on spine, otherwise good. Patton, 1829-1895, was Minister of Second Dromara Presbyterian Church, County Down. (Book ref. 13410) £10.00
Windsor Presbyterian Church 1887-1987 A Review of the first 100 years.
Belfast: Windsor Presbyterian Church, 1987. 81 pp. 21 x 15 cm. Illustrated. Pictorial card covers. Apart from a mark on the half title/frontispiece where a paper clip has been, in very good condition. (Book ref. 13418) £12.00
FREE CHURCH DIRECTORY 1965-66
(Crown House 1966) 8vo 370pp Good (Book ref. 2696) £5.00
A History of Kilbirnie West United Free Formerly Reformed Presbyterian Church, 1824-1924.
Kilbirnie 1923 First edition. Pp. 62. with 9 full page photographic plates. Interesting biographical sketches of the ministers of this church. Bound in green cloth with gilt titles. An excellent copy. Scans available. (Book ref. 16210) £32.00
The Church in the Midst, South Leith Parish Church Through Five Centuries
Edinburgh: Edina Press, 1983 First edition. Grey cloth, gilt, index Pagination: xiv, 219. South Leith Church stands in God's acre in the heart of Leith, a site occupied since 1483. The immediate surroundings, apart from Trinity House, are modern; and many have lamented the passing of the old Kirkgate and Tolbooth Wynd. But the Church was there before the Kirkgate and Tolbooth Wynd existed, and this is the story of how, through the terrors of war and plague, through the agonies of famine and the excitement of the long struggle to win freedom from the overlordship of Edinburgh, the church has stood in the midst of Leith, at the heart of its social and spiritual life. Through the centuries the congregation has consistently remained a cross-section of a caring community, where each one carrying his own burden has also learned to carry the burdens of others.<P>From a village of less than 4000 inhabitants, Leith grew to a thriving town of 80,000, and the congregation in the 1920s and 1930s became the largest in Scotland. Since then the town has dwindled and the congregation has reduced. But the ardent spirit of commitment and devotion is still there in large measure. Contents: The birth of a parish church (The ancient burgh of Leith and its incorporations; How the church came to be built; The ruin of the old church); The first ministry (David Lindsay and his parish; The new form of worship; Politics and the Kirk of Leith; Lindsay and the King's business); The first episcopate (Congregational affairs; The King in the Kirk and the bailies in the Session; Differences in the parish: Episcopalian and Presbyterian: Leith and Restalrig; The Kirk Session at work; The National Covenant); The years of trouble and suffering (The new ministers; The Solemn League and Covenant; Plague in Leith); The church in occupied Leith (The Covenanting laird; How the ironsides came to Leith; The struggle to get back to the church; Improving relationships); The second episcopate; The Episcopalian system at work; Uneasy times in the congregation; The Episcopalian attempt to keep the church); Presbyterianism triumphant (The congregation in the meeting-house; Towards a caring and disciplined society; The problem of irregular marriage; John Shaw's later ministry); The establishment defined, challenged and tested (The breakaway; Hard times, the '45 and its effects in Leith; Problems of a growing community; Irregular marriage again and a Leither in the pulpit; The coming of John Logan; The subsequent career of the Rev John Logan); The reshaping of work and witness (The Sunday School comes to Leith; Congregational life during the French Wars; Developments in Kirk and town; Church and community: changes and challenges); Cuckoo in the nest (Rebuilding the church; The case of the interlict; Mr Duff fighting on several fronts; James Mitchell's advent; Henry Duff's last fling); Up from the depths (Mr Mitchell's daunting task; Innovations in worship and service; The church refurbished and refurnished); The old order changing (John White arrives; The St Mungo story; New halls and tercentenary; The ministry of William Swan; The congregation under Donald Davidson); Today and tomorrow. Book: edges of boards faded, extremities a little bumped, prelims a little dusty, VG, Jacket: unclipped, few tears to edges but only minimal loss, partly faded, dusty, VG- (Book ref. 3102) £14.00
Religion and Society in Scotland Since 1707
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997 First edition. Paperback, bibliography, index Pagination: x, 219. In this topical and thought-provoking book Callum Brown examines the key role of religion in the making of modern Scottish society since the Union of 1707. Tackling important contemporary themes in Scottish history such as the role of the Kirk in national identity, and the growth of secularisation and sectarianism the author offers original research and challenging interpretations.<P>The volume provides a coherent overview of the rise and fall of religion in recent Scottish social history, highlighting the development of Presbyterianism, Catholicism and Episcopalianism, as well as that of many minor churches and sects. Also included are detailed explorations of the Scottish church structure, religion in rural and urban society, the religions crisis of 1890-1930, and the impact upon religion of social change in the second half of the twentieth century.<P>This book is a completely revised and updated new edition of the authorís Social History of Religion in Scotland since 1730. It will be essential and provocative reading for students of Scottish history and for all those who wish to understand the predicament of churches today as attendances fall and secular recreation grows. Contents: Piety and progress (Discordant discourses; Religious change and secularisation); The church structure in Scotland 1707-1997 (The legacy of the early modern period; The Presbyterian churches; The non-Presbyterian churches; Pluralisation, ecumenism and religious change); Patterns of religious adherence (The measurement of religion; Denominational affiliation; Churchgoing and the origins of decline; Religious adherence and church connection); Religion in rural society 1707-1890 (The pre-industrial form of religion; The impact of economic and social change in the Lowlands; The Highlands, Hebrides and Northern Isles (Orkney and Shetland)); The challenge of the cities 1780-1890 (Civic administration and religion; Evangelicalism and the rise of the middle classes; Religion and the making of the Scottish working classes); The social question 1890-1939: the crisis of religious ideology (The decay of evangelicalism; The challenge of labour and the loss of social prophecy; Church and state; Popular religiosity); The haemorrhage of faith 1939-97: the crisis of church connection (Counting the ungodly?; Prosperity and social class; Culture, lifestyle and the decline of puritanism); Religion and identities since 1707 (Religion and Scottish identity: Protestantism and civil society; Religion and British identity; Sectarian identities; Piety and femininity). Book: upper edge of rear cover and last few leaves bumped, corners bumped, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3004) £9.00
The Free Church of Scotland Appeals 1903-4
Edinburgh: MacNiven & Wallace, 1904 First edition. Navy cloth, paper spine label (with spare tipped-in at rear), index Pagination: 623. After the union of the Free Church of Scotland with the United Presbyterian Church in 1900, the non-uniting minority took civil action to hold control over the funds and property. Both parts of the resulting case of Bannatyne v. Overtoun, heard in the Scottish Court of Session, the General Trustees' Case and the Model Trust Deed Case, were dismissed in 1902. On appeal to the House of Lords, the judgment of the Lord Chancellor, holding `that the identity of a religious community described as a Church must consist in the unity of its doctrines', made no attempt to rule on the soundness of the doctrine, rather that `The question is what were, in fact, the views held, and what the founders of the trust thought important.' (p. 563) and that `the views of the founders of the trust were in favour of the Establishment principle.' (p. 568).<P>From the preface: `The Documents separately printed by both parties and referred to in the discussions were numerous and bulky, and could not possibly be included in the present volume, but those portions of the Documents which were cited in argument will be found printed in full in the speeches of counsel before the House of Lords. The reader, therefore, will find in this volume all that is necessary in order to follow fully and in every detail the whole course of the argument.'. Book: extremities slightly bumped, spine a little dulled, spine label browned and a little worn, endpapers lightly browned, extreme margins of last few leaves browned, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 2933) £19.00
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIANS.
Kentucky. Geneva Press. 1996. Paperback. 160 pages. B.w. illustrations. Fine in fine papercover. Unread book from new stock. Chronicles the origins of the Reformed tradition and carries the saga through each subsequent era up to the eve of the 21st century, focusing on Presbyterianism in North America. ISBN: 0-664-50001-3. (Book ref. 2976) £8.95
John Buchan: The Presbyterian Cavalier
Boston: David R. Godine, 2003. 1st Edition. Softcover. First US Edition. 8vo. 364 pp. B/w plates. Very clean. Only light rubbing to covers. No inscriptions or creases. VG+ (Book ref. 05728) £10.00
The Life of Andrew Melville: Containing Illustrations of the Ecclesiastical and Literary History of Scotland, During the Latter Part of the Sixteenth and Beginning of the Seventeenth Century. Volume 1;
Edinburgh, Wm Blackwood, 1819; 1st edition. Volume One only. Hardback. 494pp with Frontis. containing facsimiles of the handwritting of Melville, and some of the principle persons referred to, plus an appendix, consisting of original papers. Some browning to edges of prelim pages. Small attractive owners label on front pastedown. Very nice golden calf leather covers with gilt decoration on spine although spine labels are missing. Slight crack on front hinge but boards well attached. A very nice copy with very attractive binding and clean , fresh pages. Hard to find edition. (Book ref. 12649) £120.00
Memoirs of the Life, Time, and Writings of The Reverend and Learned Thomas Boston, A.M. Sometime Miister at Simprin, Afterwards at Ettrick. Divided into Twelve Periods........;
Edinburgh, Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1899; New Edition with Introduction and Notes by the Rev. George H. Morrison. Hardback. Good+/ No dj. xxxvi, 520pp with Portrait frontis. plus 7 other illustrations including a fold-out Map of Ettrick. Some light underlinings throughout. Top edge gilt other edges untrimmed. Brown lightly worn covers with gilt title on front & slightly faded spine. A nice tight copy. " This scholarly and artistic edition of Thomas Boston's Autobiography is a book to be always at hand in every Scottish Manse as well as in every patriotic and pious Scottish home." (Book ref. 14136) £40.00
The Psalter in Metre and Scripture Paraphrases With Tunes;
Edinburgh, Henry Frowde, 1900; Hardback. Full leather. Very good condition. xvi, 248pp with Tunes & Chants . Pages are split ( as printed) with music at the top half, Psalm text at the bottom half. At the close of the psalms is a doxology in each metre. Black endpapers. Black leather covers with bright gilt lettering, corners rounded. All edges gilt. Previous owners initials in gilt on front corner. Exceptionally good condition. (Book ref. 15559) £25.00
Records of the Presbyteries of Inverness and Dingwall 1643-1688
Edinburgh: T & A Constable for the Scottish History Society, 1896. First Edition. Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. Largely unopened. Pp.lii,384. Frontispiece. (Book ref. 15082) £50.00
Fifty Years Syne a Jubilee Memorial of the Presbyterian Church of Otago
Dunedin: J. Wilkie & Co, 1898. Second Edition. Hardback. A near very good copy in decorated yellow cloth. Boards a bit dusty. Pp.xii,242. Many illustrations. The story of the early days of Scottish Presbyterianism in the Otago District of New Zealand's South Island. (Book ref. 13321) £15.00
Presbyterianism in the Colonies with Special Reference to the Principles and Influence of the Free Church of Scotland
Edinburgh: Macniven & Wallace, 1899. First Edition. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Pp.xi,341. Includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa etc. This volume comprises the Fifth Series of the Chalmers Lectures. (Book ref. 9225) £30.00
Testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Belfast: The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 1875. iv+284 pp. 18 x 10.5 cm. In two parts: Part I Historical, Part II Doctrinal. This early edition was printed as a run of 750 copies. Boards are worn and faded, internally a little dusty, otherwise tight and clean. (Book ref. 13389) £23.00
The World Council of Churches Two timely messages preached in Ravenhill Free Presbyterian Church.
Belfast: n.d. c.1963. 17.5 by 12.5 cms. 26pp. light card covers, dusty covers otherwise in good condition. (Book ref. 13286) £8.00
God's Other Children Protestant Nonconformists and the Emergence of Denominational Churches in Ireland 1660-1700.
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997. xii+472 pp. 23.5 x 16 cm. The first full-length study of the fate of the non-conformists in Ireland following the restoration of the Monarchy and the Church of Ireland in 1660. Scottish and English Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, and Friends. Hardback, in very good condition - almost as new. (Book ref. 13318) £18.00
Miscellaneous Writings, Chiefly Historical, of the late Thomas M'Crie edited by his son. FIRST EDITION : 1841. [ Works.]
Edinburgh: John Johnstone, Hunter Square, 1841. First Edition. Hard Cover (leather binding). Very Good Plus. 8vo FIRST EDITION : 1841. Hardback. Dark green morocco leather. All edges gilt. Raised bands to spine; gilt lettered. Spine blind and gilt decorative panels. Elaborate gilt motif to centre of each board. Contemporary leather binding. Gilt dentelles. Lemon end-papers. (x), 676 pages. Includes bibliographical references. Minor wear. VERY GOOD. Binding bright. Apart from a little browning to prelims. A tight clean copy. Neat owner name to head of title-page, 1845, but no internal markings. Neat repair to foot of title-page. No copy in the British Library, Trinity College in Dublin or National Library of Wales. [ Rosley Books for Antiquarian Theology & Church History. ] (Book ref. 0015611) £215.00