Hurst, John Fletcher. The History of Methodism (7 volume set). New York: Easton & Mains, 1902-1904. First Editions. 
Seven volumes in maroon cloth, titles in gilt to spine, gilt shield emblem "God is Love" on the front board of each (Coat of Arms, Wesley Family), 7 x 9 1/2 inches, vols 1-3 and 4-6 paged continuously, over 3500 pp. in the set, hundreds of plates and illustrations, some of the plates have tissue guard sheets with descriptive letterpress. This is an ex Bible college library set with old paper labels to the spines, some white paste stains near the labels, card pockets & date due slips on the front end papers, each title page with call numbers crossed out in ink. The bindings show shelf-wear and some fraying at the corner tips and ends. A couple of end paper hinges are weak or partially torn in the set, but nothing is detached. The text pages are completely clean and free of markings. Good. Hardcover.
Vols 1-3: British Methodism; Vols 4-6: American Methodism; Vol. 7: World-Wide Methodism.
No. 4746 in Roberts, Whitefield in Print.
John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903), b. Salem, MD; d. Washington, DC; Methodist educator and historian, elected as a Methodist Bishop in 1880. Hurst graduated from Dickinson College in 1854, studied for two years in Germany, and was pastor of American churches from 1858 to 1866. He was appointed Professor of Systematic Theology at the Martin Mission Institute in Bremen, Germany (1866-1870); in 1870 became a teacher of Historical Theology at Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ, was elected as President of the Seminary in 1873, a position he filled until his appointment as Bishop. The last few years before his death he was chancellor of the American University (Methodist Episcopal) in Washington, DC.