Sermons by the Devil. Salesman's Sample, W. S. Harris.
Sermons by the Devil
Sermons by the Devil
Sermons by the Devil

Sermons by the Devil

Philadelphia: P.W. Ziegler Co., 1904. [ca. 50pp., unnumbered]. Original blue pictorial cloth, stamped in black and red. Light wear and soiling to covers, corners bumped. Contemporary notes on front endleaves, subscribers' leaves partially completed at end of text. Light soiling and wear to contents. Lacking leather samples on rear pastedown. About very good. Item #2287

A salesman's sample of this tongue in cheek religious work exhorting Christians to live a good life through sermons on how not to behave told by Satan. Sermon topics include "Satan Preaches to a Society Woman. Subject: The disgrace of having children"; "The Saloon Devil and Uncle Sam"; "Harmlessness of Sin: An object sermon by Satan"; and "Satan's Views on Swearing: Spoken to an educated young man, whose conscience was troubled on account of his profanity." The sample leather swatches are sadly lacking from the rear of the volume, but there are four pages of manuscript subscribers listed at the end. The salesman's dummy seems to be a rare find, though we find several copies of the actual book under several varied imprints in OCLC.

Price: $250.00