(London: Printed by T[homas] C[hilde] for Ralph Smith, 1654). 165 x 102 mm. (6 1/2 x 4"). 4 p.l., 277,  pp.Published by Anthony Tuckney, D.D., Master of Saint Johns College in Cambridge. FIRST EDITION.
Original unlettered rustic sheep, recently and expertly resewn, rebacked, and recornered. Brinley 560; Sabin 17049; Wing C-6413. A bit of rubbing to edges, boards slightly marked and stained, but the binding now very well restored and generally quite pleasing. Frequent light spotting and browning (but never severe, and noticeable in only a couple of gatherings), one small, dark rust hole, otherwise very satisfactory internally, and in a much better state of preservation than most early American imprints.
This is a very scarce copy of an early Americanum, a work based on sermons preached in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by Puritan divine John Cotton (1584-1652), grandfather of Cotton Mather. In the words of ANB, the elder Cotton was "one of the most influential leaders . . . in the first generation of New England's settlement" and someone who "brought a scholar's erudition to his practice as preacher, biblical interpreter, disputant, and analyst of spiritual experience." Although his non-conformist views forced him to emigrate from England to America, he was known in New England for his opposition to dissent within the church and was one of the major opponents of Roger Williams, who was banished from the colony for his religious beliefs. The present exegetical text is the source for the wonderful phrase, "to every thing there is a season." The work is rarely encountered in the marketplace, ABPC listing just one copy at auction since 1975. (ST11846)
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PJP Catalog: BOS19BF.004