The Preacher His Preparation and Delivery of Sermons
Nashville: A.M.E. Church Sunday School Union, 1906. xiii,,90pp., including portrait frontispiece. Original maroon cloth, gilt titles stamped on front cover. Noticeable surface abrading and soiling to boards and edges, front cover titles somewhat faded. Minor occasional thumb-soiling to text. Good plus. Item #4021
A scarce work written by an African-American preacher from South Carolina, Reverend John C. Watkins. Reverend Watkins authored the present work after twenty-plus years of "preaching and hearing preachers," and set out to provide "some hints and helpful suggestions" for his fellow proselytizers and their "so called eloquence" which was "only here and there effective preaching." Watkins organizes the work into five parts, beginning with the first part comprised of "Homiletics," "Preaching," "The Preacher," and "Preparation." The second part is focused on the text of the sermon, followed by parts dedicated to the preacher's style, methods of delivery, and finally pulpit decorum. The work opens with a handsome photographic portrait frontispiece of a bespectacled Watkins; on the title page, it states that Reverend Watkins hailed from Sumter, South Carolina. A scarce work, not in Blockson, Work, or the Library Company's African Americana Collection.