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(EARLY AMERICAN IMPRINT.) Mather, Increase. A Disquisition Concerning Ecclesiastical Councils. , xx, 47,  pages plus final blank. 12mo, early speckled calf, minor wear, partial paper spine label; early waste-paper pastedowns, a few early marginal notes; long inscription by original owner on front free endpaper, early owner's signatures on title page and final blank, later bookplate on verso of title page. In a gilt morocco slipcase. Boston: N. Boone, 1716
first edition. Increase Mather (1639-1723) was a Harvard president, defender of the Salem witch trial judges, and father of Cotton Mather. This was his final major work in a long career as a Puritan leader, as he notes on page 38: "I am now taking my Leave of the World, and of these Churches; having been in a Publick Capacity, Serving Christ and them (after a poor weak manner) for more than five above a Jubilee of Years." Provenance: original owner Warham Williams (title page and endpapers); William Allen (1809 signature on title page); bequest from Anson Phelps Stokes Sr. to son Anson Phelps Stokes Jr. (bookplate). Church 864; Evans 1836; Sabin 46665; Streeter sale II:665.
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