New York: American Tract Society, 1825 - 1832. Hardcover. 8 volumes includes Volumes 1 (Numbers 1 to 33), 3 - 9 (Nos 67 to 287). Collected works by the Tract Society, containing the first number published, which includes "The Address of the Executive Committee of the American Tract Society to the Christian Public", the Society's original mission statement.
The Society was founded in New York City in 1825 by a group of evangelical religious leaders of different Christian denominations, propelled by contemporary conditions in American society to publish and disseminate Christian literature.
The conditions which gave rise to the Society include the Second Great Awakening of the late 1700s, the desire to spread the gospel across a rapidly expanding America, and the the desire to teach Christianity to the large wave of new immigrants.
Each tract varying in length from 4 to 50 pages, written by authors such as John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, Isaac Watts, Robert Hall, John Flavel, John Witherspoon, Philip Doddridge, Andrew Fuller, Hannah More, Edward Payson, and Thomas Skinner.
8vo, approximately 400 pp per volume. Illustrated with wood cuts. Bound in full period calf with gilt titles and red spine labels. Boards slightly rubbed; Vol 3 slightly chipped at spine ends; light fox spotting in some volumes. Period owner signature at front end paper, H. Pelton. OCLC: 476490910. Very good overall. Item #25146