[QUAKERS]. -- BISHOP, George (d.1668). New England Judged, Not by Man's, but by the Spirit of the Lord: And The Summe sealed up of New-England's Persecutions. -An Appendix to the Book, Entituled, New-England Judged. London: Robert Wilson, 1661. -- New England Judged. The Second Part. London, 1667.
[QUAKERS]. -- BISHOP, George (d.1668). New England Judged, Not by Man's, but by the Spirit of the Lord: And The Summe sealed up of New-England's Persecutions. -An Appendix to the Book, Entituled, New-England Judged. London: Robert Wilson, 1661. -- New England Judged. The Second Part. London, 1667.

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[QUAKERS]. -- BISHOP, George (d.1668). New England Judged, Not by Man's, but by the Spirit of the Lord: And The Summe sealed up of New-England's Persecutions. -An Appendix to the Book, Entituled, New-England Judged. London: Robert Wilson, 1661. -- New England Judged. The Second Part. London, 1667.

Three parts in one, 4o (169 x 132 mm). (Lacking the errata slip, title of the second part with lower corner renewed, last two leaves with inner and upper margins renewed with page numbers in facsimile, margins closely trimmed shaving some page numbers, signature marks and shoulder notes, a few small marginal tears repaired, some pale browning.) Modern red morocco gilt, edges gilt, by W. Pratt. Provenance: Frank C. Deering (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION of one of the most important works relating to the Quaker persecution in New England. After reading its contents, Charles II was moved to order the cessation of the persecution. "After three Quakers had been hanged, the colony, under date of Dec. 19, 1660, sent an 'Humble Petition and Address of the General Court unto the High and Mighty Prince Charles the Second,' (see lot 106) defending their conduct. This was presented February 11, and printed, and was replied to by Edward Burrough in an elaborate volume, which contains a full account of the first three martyrs (see lot 107). This was followed this year, 1661, by a yet more important volume, by George Bishope, called New England Judged, in which the story of the Quaker persecution from the beginning is told. Bishope lived in England, and published in a first volume the accounts and letters of the sufferers sent over to him. A second volume was published in 1667, containing the narrative of the sufferings and of the hanging of William Leddra, in March, 1661" (Winsor).

Bishop's work is almost journalistic in its detail, tracing the travels and experiences of many individuals penalized for the religious convictions in the New World. The martyrdoms of Dyer, Leddra, Stephenson and Robinson are included, along with details of the whippings and imprisonments of common people and prominent Quakers. Of great interest are the sections detailing the troubles encountered by Quakers who had moved to Long Island to escape New England tyranny, and New England natives who encountered persecution while conducting business in New Amsterdam.

VERY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current only the 1703 reprint has appeared at auction in at least thirty years. The last copy of the first edition recorded at auction is the Harmsworth copy, sold in 1949. Alden & Landis 661/16-17 and 667/8; Church 571 and 598; Howes B-481 ("Most exhaustive contemporary indictment of God-fearing Puritans"); JCB (3) III:52; Sabin 5628, 5629 and 5630; Smith Friends I:279 and 282; Stevens, Nuggets, I:280-281; Wing B-3003, R-1721 and B-3004; Winsor, 3:358.
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