21 June 2005
HUBBARD, William (1621-1704). The Happiness of a People In the Wisdome of their Rulers Directing And in Obedience to their Brethren Attending Unto What Israel ought to do: Recommended in a Sermon Before the Honourable Governour and Council...the day of Election. Boston: John Foster, 1676.
4o (188 x 140 mm). Title-page within rule border, large woodcut headpiece. (Title a bit browned, a few later leaves with marginal spotting.) Nineteenth-century speckled calf, covers gilt-ruled, gilt spine.
ELECTION-DAY, 1676. FIRST EDITION. A learned, formal address to Governor Leveret, the Council and the magistrates of Massachusetts-Bay on the occasion of election day, May 3, 1676. Hubbard, preacher at Ipswich, proclaims that "You are now called to the exercise of your civill Liberty (wherein much of your other libertys are bound up)," and he urges "the regular, conscientious proceeding in this business of Election," by which the people "have the liberty to choose their own rulers," citing a plethora of Biblical and historical examples. Rare: issued in the second year of printing in Boston. Evans 214.
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