The Land of Promise

Scarce title, a detailed review of the building of the American landscape from the perspective of "civic religion." de Bary, an Englishmen, spent some years in the Rocky Mountains for health reasons and put together the ideas for this work. According to "The Churchman, Volume 99," de Bary's aim was "to show the inner and spiritual forces that unite Americans in a certain community of thought, feeling and action - a union which he thinks is tantamount to a civil religion in that it is subject of faith and of spiritual conviction. He calls his book therefore "Land of Promise" in recognition of American faith in the dogma of perfectibility, which he finds a motive astir amid all the activities of the Nation. He finds here, more than in other nations, a trust in the individual man and a faith in human fraternity make Americans, though compounded of many nations, the most united in the world." Foxing to edges and textblock, foxing heavy in places. Some heavy soil to rear over. Gift inscription present, some general edgewear and soil. Rear hinge worn. 311 indexed pages, 5 x 8 inches.


  • The Land of Promise
  • Richard de Bary
  • Longmans, Green and Co., 1908
  • First edition