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De successu Evangelii apud Indos Occidentales - MATHER, Increase - 1883. 
Alden & Landis 699/146; Church 783; for the bindery: Du Bois, Historical essay on the art of bookbinding, 1883, p. 35. Third edition known to survive in the original Latin of a letter on the success of spreading the Gospel among the indigenous American Indians, written by Increase Mather, the second of three generations of famous Puritan ministers in Boston and rector of Harvard College, addressed to Johannes Leusden, Professor of Hebrew at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. The letter is dated from Boston, 12 July 1687. The present Utrecht edition adds letters to Leusden on the progress of spreading the Gospel among the populations in Ceylon and the East Indies, written by Herman Specht (1684; 1688), Adrianus de Mey (1690; 1692) and Franciscus Valentijn (1686). These additional letters appear here in the first edition of the original Latin known to survive.The work is bound by the Bradstreet Bindery in New York. John M. Bradstreet (1815-1863) established one of the first credit rating companies and they apparently came into bookbinding through their publishing activities, but when Henry and his siblings took over the firm "fine binding" was largely a European phenomena, William Matthews in New York being the only major American exponent. They carried out work for J.P. Morgan, the Grolier Club and other bibliophiles. In 1883, Du Bois praised their bindings higher than any others in America, noting their "solidity, strength and squareness of workmanship ... Certainly none can put a varied coloured morocco coat on a book, and gild it with greater perfection in choice of ornament and splendor of gold, and with greater care, taste and success, ...". He even hints that they might excel the French and English, then regarded as the best binders. Church's copy of the present edition was also bound by Bradstreet, but in green morocco.Slightly browned, but still in very good condition. The binding has been expertly and unobtrusively rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down, and the corners are scuffed, but the binding is otherwise very good.
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