John Landis, Painter; The Messiah: a Poem, Chambersburg, 1838
LANDIS, JOHN. The Messiah: A Poem, Of the Birth, Mission, Sufferings, Resurrection, Ascension, and Second Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ; With Original Hymns
. By John Landis, Sacred Historical Painter. Chambersburg: Printed by H. Ruby. 1838. 16mo, 10.3 x 13.2cm (page block); 10.7 x 13.5 (binding). $100.00
John Landis (b. 1805), raised Lutheran on a farm near Harrisburg, Pa., he first learned the printer's trade as an apprentice with John Wyeth in Harrisburg, 1822. He began his career as a painter, painting portraits including one of Zachary Taylor. He later abandoned portrait painting for historical and Biblical subjects. He also wrote about 200 hymns. "In person John Landis was of ordinary height and weight, with pale, swarthy complexion, and dark, melancholy eyes. He was quiet and unoffending, never profane in his language, and abstained from drink and tobacco. In brief, he was a religious fanatic of the Dunker type, and wore a broadbrim hat, long surtout, long hair and beard and looked sanctimonious. He was alive in 1851, but the date of his death, which is said to have occurred in an almshouse, is unknown."--Mary N. Robinson: "John Landis, Painter."--http://www.lancasterhistory.org/images/stories/JournalArticles/vol16no7pp179_185_170151.pdf
Bound leather spine with brown/tan/light yellow/light red marbled paper over boards, 19th century library call number tag on bottom left corner of front cover, leather spine divided into 5 compartments with simple decorative gilt roll, "Messiah" in gilt in one panel, leather splitting bottom half of front hinge, bottom 2mm of spine chipped away, wearing through paper at corners, library accession number stamped on verso of title, small oval 19th century library blind stamp on first and last two pages, light foxing--but heavier on endpapers and first & last few pages.
Collation: A-D8. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, (1) preface, -64pp. American Imprints
#51193 (5 libraries). OCLC lists 6 different printings of this title. Ours is the Chambersburg 1st edition (22 libraries); followed by 1839 Harrisburg (4 lib.); 1846 Lancaster Pa., (1 lib.); 1850 NY (1 lib.); 1851 NY (2 lib.); & 1856 Harrisburg (1) library.
Title: The Messiah: A Poem, Of the Birth, Mission, Sufferings, Resurrection, Ascension, and Second Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ; With Original Hymns.
Illustrator: Harrisburg, PA
Categories: HYMNALS, POETRY, JESUS CHRIST, BINDINGS-LEATHER, AMERICAN CHURCH HISTORY, 19TH CENTURY BOOKS,
Size: 16mo, 10.3 x 13.2cm (page block); 10.7 x 13.5 (bi
Weight: 2.00 Item
Book Number: 17915
Keywords: 19th Century Book, hymn writers, poetry, religious poetry, christian poetry, Leather bindings, Jesus Christ, The Messiah, Hymns