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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 353

    MATHER, Cotton (1663-1728). Magnalia Christi Americana; or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England, From its First Planting in the Year 1620, Unto the Year of Our Lord, 1698. London: Thomas Parkhurst, 1702.

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    MATHER, Cotton (1663-1728). Magnalia Christi Americana; or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England, From its First Planting in the Year 1620, Unto the Year of Our Lord, 1698. London: Thomas Parkhurst, 1702.

    2° (314 x 198 mm). Folding engraved map of New England and New York (313 x 428 mm sheet). 2-page advertisement for Thomas Parkhurst at end. (Pale marginal dampstain at beginning and end, Hh with small marginal repairs, Sss3 with marginal tear crossing text, 5I-5N with small marginal wormhole, Ffffff1 with 3-in. tear crossing text.) Modern calf antique. Provenance: William Bates (signature on title; gift inscription dated 1815 to Oakbrook Library on first divisional title).

    FIRST EDITION OF MATHER'S INDISPENSABLE SOURCE FOR AMERICAN COLONIAL HISTORY: "the most famous book of Colonial Times and the indispensable source for social history" (Streeter). The seven books include: 1) the history and settlement of New England; 2) the lives of its governors and magistrates; 3) biographies of "Sixty Famous Divines"; 4) a history and roll of Harvard College; 5) a history of the Congregational Church in New England; 6) a record of the remarkable providences revealing God's direct influence in particular events in the colonies; and 7) the "War of the Lord" dealing with the devil, the Separatists, Familists, Antinomians, Quakers, clerical imposters and the Indians. Alden & Landis 702/127; Church 806; Grolier American 6; Howes M-391; Sabin 46392; Streeter sale I:658.


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