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Magnalia Christi Americana; or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England, from its First Planting, in the Year 1620, unto the Year of Our Lord 1698. In Seven Books., in Two Volumes, with an Introduction and Occasional Notes, and Translations of the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Quotations
Hartford: Silas Andrus & Son., 1853 Hartford: Silas Andrus & Son., 1853. Second Edition. Half-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. Second American edition, including a new preface and the preface from the 1820 edition. This copy belonged to the Stowe family, and is quite likely the precise copy referenced in Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Poganuc People': "It was a happy hour when [father] brought home and set up in his book-case Cotton Mather's "Magnalia," in a new edition of two volumes." (quoted in Baker, America's Gothic Fiction: The Legacy of Magnalia Christi America, p. 5). Harriet is noted as among the authors influenced by this title (Hall's Dictionary of National Biography). Given the importance of the work, and it's influence on Harriet, it seems quite likely that it was passed down from her father Lyman to her family. Her husband Calvin's ownership stamp ('Rev. C.E. Stowe, Hartford, Conn.') - appears on the title page of each. Signatures of Charles E. Stowe ('Chas. E Stowe') and Lyman Beecher Stowe on the front endpaper of each volume, indicating that it was also passed down from her to Charles (her son), and then to Lyman (her grandson). Rebound. Despite the reference in the title, this edition does not appear to have been issued with a map. Minor pencil marginalia with a few sentences underlined, ostensibly by one of the Stowes, and with a brief note on p. 70 that appears to be in Calvin's hand (based on comparison with one of his letters in the Beecher-Stowe family papers held by Harvard University's Schlesinger Library). Edges rubbed, binder's plate on rear endpaper of each volume, small internal tear to cloth of vol. 2 rear board along fore-edge, Engraving of Oliver Cromwell mounted opposite title of vol. 2 (seems to have been taken from another work), engraving of Macaulay mounted on front flyleaf of vol. 2. 1853 Half-Leather. Complete in two volumes. 626; 682 pp. 8vo. Brown leather spine & corners, grey cloth boards, gilt titles & rules, red page ridges, blue endpapers. Frontispiece of author in volume 1. Likely among the most important copies of one of the most important works of American history and religion. A foundational work of New England history, originally published in London in 1702. Cotton Mather was the grandson of two of the founding ministers of Massachusetts. Sabin 46393. Howes M-391: The "most famous 18th century American book." Includes: Antiquities. The First Book of the New-English History: Reporting the Design Where-On, the Manner Where-in, and People Where-by the Several Colonies of New-England Were Planted. With a Narrative of Many Memorable Passages Relating to the Settlement of These Plantations, and an Ecclesiastical Map of the Country.; Ecclesiarum Clypei. ('The Shields of the Churches.') The Second Book of the New-English History: Containing the Lives of the Governours, and the Names of the Magistrates, That Have Been Shields unto the Churches of New-England, until the Year 1686.; Polybius. The Third Book of the New-English History: Containing the Lives of Many Reverend, Learned, and Holy Divines, (Arriving Such from Europe to America); Sal Gentium. (The Salt of the Nations) The Fourth Book of the New-English History: Containing an Account of the University, from whence the Churches of New-England (and Many Other Churches,) have been illuminated. - its Laws, its Benefactors, its Vicissitudes, and a Catalogue of Such as Have Been Therein Educated and Graduated. Whereto Are Added, the Lives of Some Eminent Persons, Who Were Plants of Renown Growing in That Nursery.; Acts and Monuments. The Fifth Book of the New-English History: in Four Parts. Containing the Faith and the Order in the Churches of New-England, Agreed by the Elders and Messengers of the Churches, Assembled in Synods. with Historical Remarks upon All Those Venerable Assemblies, and a Great Variety of Other Church Cases, Occurring and Resolved in These American Churches.; Thaumaturgus (The Wonder-Worker; or, Book of Memorable Events). The Sixth Book of the New-English History: Wherein Very Many Illustrious Discoveries and Demonstrations of the Divine Providence in Remarkable Mercies and Judgments of Many Particular Persons among the People of New-England, Are Observed, Collected, and Related.; Ecclesiarum Praelia; (The Battles of the Churches) or, A Book of the Wars of the Lord. The Seventh Book of the New-English History: Relating the Afflictive Disturbances which the Churches of New-England Have Suffered from Their Various Adversaries: and the Wonderful Methods and Mercies Whereby the Churches Have Been Delivered Out of Their Difficulties.
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