Love, William DeLoss. Future Probation Examined. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1888. First Edition.
Maroon cloth, a couple of white spots to spine, 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches, former owner's inscription and ink name stamp on ffep (Sprinkle), x., 322 clean and unmarked pp. Very good. Hardcover. 
"It is the chief design of this work, to examine the theory of probation after death, by the light of Scripture, and of religious literature during three centuries next preceding Christ, and the three centuries after him....Where there is a substantial agreement among Jewish and Christian writers, and the Redeemer uses their current language on the same questions, without any dissent, we have in their writings a key to the understanding of his doctrines."
Among his conclusions are that no doctrine of after-death probation was ever taught by Christ or his Apostles, and was never current in the early teachings of the church.
William DeLoss Love (1819-1898), b. Barre, NY; educated at Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, NY; Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; attended Andover Theological Seminary, and graduated from Yale Theological Seminary in 1847. He entered the Congregational ministry and was pastor of churches in CT, NY, and Milwaukie, Wisconsin. Love was an abolitionist, saw service as a private in the Wisconsin 15th Infantry during the Civil War, during which he associated with the mission of the Christian Commission; after the war he was active in the Freedman's Bureau. He authored books on historical and theological topics.