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.
Samuel J. Rogal is Professor Emeritus at Illinois Valley Community College.
1. Prefatory Note; 2. John Wesley and the Methodist Book Stock; 3. Carrying Forth the Scheme; 4. The Book Stewards; 5. The Selling of Books; 6. Printers and Booksellers; 7. The Arminian Magazine Catalogue of 1789; 8. Conclusions; 9. List of Works Cited and Consulted; 10. Index.