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William and Mary Quarterly

3d. ser., 69, no. 4 October 2012

The Material and Social Practices of Intellectual Work: Jonathan Edwards’s Study

An Online Museum Exhibition

Art Credits


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Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards, by Joseph Badger, c. 1750. Yale University Art Gallery, bequest of Eugene Phelps Edwards, 1938.

 

Books


London Magazine

Book advertisement page from the back of the London Magazine of 1736, an issue to which Edwards referred in his “‘Catalogue’ of Reading.” Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Catalogue of Reading

“‘Catalogue’ of Reading,” MS p. 4. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.


Ovid's Metamorphoses

Edwards’s copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with his signature dating from his move to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University.

 

Chair


Chair reputed to have been used by Edwards while president of the College of New Jersey. Maclean House, Princeton University. Photograph by Carole Kimnach.

 

Desk


Jonathan Edwards’s desk with flanking cabinets and bookcases. Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University. Photograph by the authors.


Detail of bookcases on Edwards’s desk. Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University. Photograph by the authors.


Desk detail of lower cabinet

Detail of lower cabinet. Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University. Photograph by the authors.


Desk detail of central desk

Jonathan Edwards’s central desk, Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University. Photograph by the authors.


Desk detail of top drawer

Inside of top drawer of central desk. Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University. Photograph by the authors.

 

Desk detail of partitioned drawer

Inside a partitioned drawer. Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University. Photograph by the authors.

 

Desk detail of molding

Detail of molding on Edwards’s desk. Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University. Photograph by the authors.

 

Galley Proof on the floor


Title page of Misrepresentations Corrected, And Truth Vindicated . . . (Boston, 1752). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Title page of A Strict and Careful Enquiry into . . . Freedom of Will. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Lazy Susan


>Edwards's six-sided lazy Susan table

Edwards’s six-sided lazy Susan table. Photo courtesy of the Historical Collection, Stockbridge Library Association, Stockbridge, Mass.

 

The underside of the lazy Susan table

The underside of the lazy Susan table, showing the rotation point. Photo courtesy of the Historical Collection, Stockbridge Library Association, Stockbridge, Mass.

 

Edward's 'Blank Bible'

The “Blank Bible,” a bound manuscript of more than nine hundred pages interleaved with pages of the King James Bible, here opened to the book of James. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Notebooks


“Efficacious Grace,” book 1, showing Edwards’s use of fan paper to construct temporary notebooks. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Oilcloth  cover of 'Notes on Scripture,' book 1

Oilcloth cover of “Notes on Scripture,” book 1, decorated with an Anglo-Dutch coat of arms. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Inside cover and page one of the “Faith” notebook

The cover of “History of Redemption,” book 1, made from wallpaper. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

First page of the 'Miscellanies,' book 1

The inside cover and page one of the “Faith” notebook, in quarto, with a portion of a printed elegy for William Seward pasted in. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Efficacious  Grace

The first page of the “Miscellanies,” book 1. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Paper


Fragment of a list of subscribers for An Humble Inquiry. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

A fragment of the proposals for An Humble Inquiry (1749) incorporated into a sermon. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

'Book of Minutes on the Arminian Controversy'

“Book of Minutes on the Arminian Controversy,” made from issues of the Daily Gazetteer. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Sermons


Manuscript sermon on Proverbs 24:13–14

Manuscript sermon on Proverbs 24:13–14 (ca. 1723–24), an example of an early octavo sermon with shorthand repreaching notations at the top. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Manuscript  sermon on Genesis 19:14

Manuscript sermon on Genesis 19:14 (ca. 1727), Edwards’s first duodecimo-sized sermon. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

 

Writing Table


Table, 1700–1730, with provenance to Edwards’s Stockbridge home, now at The Mission House, Stockbridge, Mass., cat. no. MH.D.A.11. Photograph by the authors, courtesy of Trustees of Reservations of Massachusetts (www.thetrustees.org).