1852 · Newburyport
First edition: Composed in diary-like fashion by a Free Will Baptist (1784–1851) who proselytized throughout New England, this autobiography largely focuses on where, when, and how Fernald's preaching was conducted. The determined, hardworking author was particularly opposed to drinking and dancing, and returns frequently to those subjects.
The work opens with an introduction from the publishers, who dedicated the Life to the members of the First Christian Church and Society of Kittery, ME. => The frontispiece portrait of Fernald was engraved by John Sartain, after a daguerrotype.
Binding: Publisher's textured black cloth, covers framed in blind rules and with foliate designs surrounding central gilt-stamped floral motifs on both boards. Spine gilt extra, all edges gilt. Bound as above; spine extremities and corners rubbed, cloth showing small split starting at foot of front joint (hinge holding). Mild foxing to margins of frontispiece, with offsetting to title-page from guard leaf; two pages with small section of offsetting from now-absent laid-in item; pages otherwise clean. => A solid, worthwhile copy with its gilt shining bright and crisp. (Inventory #: 38618)