Collective Biographies of WomenAn Annotated Bibliography
Gaddis, Maxwell Pierson. Saintly Women and Death-Bed Triumphs: Original and Compiled from the Most Authentic Records. New York and Pittsburgh: Phillips & Hunt; Cincinnati, OH, and Chicago: Walden & Stowe, 1880.
See Clissold.On title page: Rev. Maxwell Pierson Gaddis, Sen.,/ (Author of "Foot-Prints of an Itinerant," "Brief Recollections," "Sacred/ Hour," "Conversion of a Skeptic," "Personal Experience,"/ "Last Words and Old-Time Memories."/With an introduction by/ Mrs. E. T Wells. Frontispiece (sole illustration): engraving of Mrs. Pheobe Palmer "Eng.d by H. B. Hall & Sons 13 Barclay St.N.Y." Entered in Library of Congress and printed by United Brethren Publishing House, Dayton, Ohio. Cover olive green cloth with blind stamped thistle and floral horizontal borders on back; on spine, the thistle leaves and floral pattern continue, highlighted in black; title and author's last name in slanting gold banners; on front cover, full length thistle and floral borders and the gold title and author's last name in golden slanting banners with large initial letters and vine-like outgrowths surrounding the words. Endpapers resemble floral wallpaper. Before the first chapter and at the conclusion before the index, hymnlike verse, some unattributed. In short, an attractive volume by contemporary standards of publishing. The introduction suggests that the 170 "brief biographical sketches of the deceased wives of pioneer Methodist traveling preachers" were collected over decades not only by Gaddis but by resolution of the Cincinnati Conference to provide obituaries of any wife or widow of a member (iii-iv).
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