MATHER, COTTON Magnalia Christi Americana; or, the Ecclesiastical History of New-England, from the First Planting in the Year 1620 unto the Year of our Lord, 1698
. London: Printed for Thomas Parkhurst, 1702. First edition. 20th century panelled calf to style. 12 1/2 x 8 inches (32 x 21 cm); , 38, , 75, , , 238, , 125-222; 100;  88; 118; [2-ad leaf). This copy has the preliminary blank and the blank at 6M2. The errata leaves, which were not issued until after publication, are not present in this copy. 7P4 is the single advertisement leaf. A few marginal restorations, most notably at C3 margins generally quite full, the map in overall fresh condition, the binding sound. Old notes on the initial and terminal blanks, a few old ink underlinings in text, a large and unwashed example.
First edition of "the most famous American book of colonial times and the indispensable source for colonial social history" (Streeter). This copy retains the full-sheet folding map of New England and New York in sound clean condition, and has the final leaf of advertisements for books printed for Thomas Parkhurst at the rear. The seven parts in the work discuss the settlement of New England and the lives of its early magistrates and governors, the history of Harvard College and the New England Church. Included are the Hannah Duston captivity narrative, an account of the Salem witch trials, The Wars of the Lord (dealing with dissident religious sects etc.) and much else. Howes M-391; Sabin 46392; Streeter Sale I, 658; Church 806.
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