John Wesley's Book Stock and the Arminian Magazine Catalogue of 1789
This study places John and Charles Wesley and their Methodist organization within the general context of the eighteenth century book trade in Britain and parts of British North America. John Wesley proposed to spread his evangelical message through the sale and distribution of books, depending on the income of those books to allow for his mission's operation and conduct. The "Arminian Magazine" "Catalogue" of 1789, the subject of this study, helps demonstrate and define Wesley's role as an eighteenth century publisher. "The Book Stock" fulfilled these two objectives, albeit with personal and organizational difficulties.
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"... the specifics relative to the Methodist book stock, as well as the substance of its catalogue, become important as contributors to providing the overall record of the life and times of John Wesley and to detailing the history of eighteenth-century Methodism."