Title: Corner-stone or, a familiar illustration of ...
Publisher: Bell & Co., Allan. Warwick Square [London].
Publication Date: 1837
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
iv, 247 printed pages + 3 pages publisher's adverts at end. Printed contemporary label on front pastedown endpaper of Laure Secretan (1811-1886) her signature on the front free endpaper. All edges gilt. Inner front hinge split, but still firm. 52 x 85 mm. Original blue-green straight-grained buckram (very slight wear at hinges & head/tail of spine). Spine with gilt embossed fleurons and titling (spine slightly faded). Abbott, who had taught the young poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, at Portland Academy, pioneered making schools largely self-governing and largely abandoned more traditional disciplinary measures. He advocated education for young women and in 1833 founded the Mount Vernon School in Boston, one of the first institutions for their education in America. The Corner Stone (1834) was Abbott's second work in a series inspired from Mount Vernon School lectures (after the Young Christian); it raised considerable outcry in quarters hostile to Unitarianism, especially in England, where Abbott's emphasis upon practical Christianity was mistakenly thought to cover Arian leanings. The book even became the subject of #73 of the famous Oxford Tracts for the Times by J. H. Newman; although, after their meeting during Abbott's first trip to Europe in 1843, the two men became close friends. In later editions of The Corner Stone Abbott changed certain equivocal passages to prevent further misunderstanding of his views, which were substantially those of the more liberal Evangelicals of his period. 7 libraries with copies of this edition in WorldCat. Not in Bondy, nor Spielmann. Welsh, 24. Seller Inventory # 5270