Talmage, T. DeWitt. The Pathway of Life, Intended to Lead the Young and the Old into Paths of Happiness, and to Prepare them for a Holy Companionship with Him whose Kingdom is as Boundless as His Love; Magnificently Illustrated with nearly Three Hundred Engravings from the Masterpieces of the World. Philadelphia: Historical Publishing Company for The Christian Herald, Bible House, New York, 1894.
Blue cloth decorated in black & gilt, 7 1/4 x 9 inches, illustrated end papers, frontispiece portrait of author, 544 clean pp. with many plates and text illustrations. Light bump to bottom corner of some pages, light edgewear to binding, yet a very good copy of a book usually found quite worn. Very good. Hardcover. 
Some editions displayed a longer title: A Series of Matchless Essays, Abounding with Beautiful Precepts, and Counsel from a Rich Experience, Teaching how to Attain Success and Honor among Men, with Practical Lessons gleaned from Examples of History in Peace and War. Including Sketches, Incidents, and Thrilling Episodes in the Lives of Mighty Men, Celebrated Women, and the Heroes of Martyrdom, with descriptions of The Most Famous Battles in the World’s History. A Collection of Grand and Splendid Thoughts for Fireside Reading, Sacred Reflection, and the Elevation and Happiness of the Home Circle, Leading to Higher and Nobler Lives.
Each chapter generally begins with an incident from the Bible, comparisons to historic or contemporary events, and moral applications drawn therefrom. Talmage was a crusader against public evils, and within this book he attacks drunkenness, secret societies, Mormonism, the "intermarriage of nationalities," vanity of dress, discriminations agains women, profanity, &c. But he also seeks to enlighten and encourage, and is a skilled storyteller.
Thomas DeWitt Talmage (1832-1901), born in New Jersey, died at Washington, D. C. “He studied at the University of the City of New York (special diploma, 1853), and was graduated from the Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, N. j., 1856. He was pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church at Belleville, N. J., 1856-59; at Syracuse, N. Y., 1859-62; of the Second Church, Philadelphia, Pa. 1862-69; Central Presbyterian Church, Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, N. Y., 1869-70.” – New Schaff-Herzog.
Rev. Talmage continued to preach in New York city at various locations until 1895, when he became associate pastor with Dr. Byron Sunderland of the First Presbyterian Church in Washington, D. C. In 1899 he retired “from all active pastoral work, continuing the issue of his sermons in the weekly journals; indeed, his sermons were widely published in American and Europe, weekly, for thirty years.” – ibid.
Talmage edited several weekly newspapers and journals – his sermons and other books fill up several shelves. He was a popular author and crusader against social evils.