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MATHER, COTTON The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New-Eng...

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs
MATHER, COTTON The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New-Eng...

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Lot 17
MATHER, COTTON The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New-Eng...
. [London:] Printed first, at Boston in New-England, and reprinted at London, for John Dunton, at the Raven in the Poultrey, 1693. Stated second edition. Full dark blue morocco by Francis Bedford, covers with gilt rules, marbled endsheets, top edge gilt, otherwise an uncut copy. 8 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches (22 x 16 cm); 64 pp. including half-title and title, collating A^(2) B-D^(2) C-H^(4) and complete thus, with erratic pagination ([8], 9-24, 43-49, 41-46, 46, 48-62). Some wear to the joints of the binding, small loss to foot of spine, the extreme upper fore-corners very neatly restored throughout, well clear of the text except where just touching the title rule, a tiny portion of which is in ink facsimile, but this is a crisp, fresh copy. A very large copy of a work that tends to be found trimmed or significantly defective. According to a tipped-in slip in an early hand, this is the William Menzies copy (it also matches the description of the copy in his library), lot 1351 in his 1876 sale; it seems to have subsequently passed to Ogden Goelet, the New York plutocrat, according to a pencilled note, and would have been sold with his library in 1935.
The very scarce second edition to be printed in London of Cotton Mather's recounting of the witch trials in New England. The text is shortened from the first edition of the same year and is rarely encountered in any condition. The Menzies library was renowned for uncut copies of rare works. Sabin 46605; Wing M1175; Bradford 3382; Wing M1175.


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Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
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