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ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF COTTON MATHER'S FAITHFUL ACCOUNT OF THE … CHURCHES OF NEW ENGLAND, 1726

MATHER, Cotton. Ratio Disciplinae… Faithful Account. Boston, 1726.

First edition of Cotton Mather's "important exposition of the tenants of Congregationalism," signed on the title page, dated 1772, by Minister Moses Hemmenway, a Harvard classmate and friend of John Adams who described him in a July 2, 1774 letter to Abigail Adams as "my old worthy learned ingenious Friend Hemmenway." $6800.

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THE WITCHCRAFT DELUSION IN NEW ENGLAND, 1866, SCARCE LIMITED FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 280 COPIES

(MATHER, Cotton) (CALEF, Robert) DRAKE, Samuel G. Witchcraft Delusion in New England. Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1866. Three volumes.

Limited first edition, number 219 of only 280 copies, an exceptional edition of Drake's annotated publication of the two key works on the Salem Witch Trials: Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World and Robert Calef's oppositional response in More Wonders—"a literary milestone that helped shift prevailing views about witchcraft." $3500.

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“A LIFE OF CEASELESS STRIVING IN THE SERVICE OF PURITANISM AND NEW ENGLAND”

(MATHER, Cotton) MATHER, Samuel. The Life of Cotton Mather. Boston, 1729.

First edition of this important early biography of the Puritan Divine—"the last great member of a Puritan dynasty"—written by his son, here bound with first editions of two scarce 1728 eulogies on the death of Cotton Mather, by Thomas Prince and the man who would succeed Mather as pastor of the North Church, Joshua Gee. $3200.

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