MATHER, Cotton (1663-1728). 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... with an introduction and occasional notes, by the Rev. Thomas Robbins, D.D. and translations of the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin Quotations, by Lucius F. Robinson, L.L. B. to which is added, a Memoir of Cotton Mather, by Samuel G. Drake, M.A. also, a comprehensive index, by another hand. Hartford: Silas Andrus and Son, 1853-1855.
2 volumes. 8vo., (9 x 5 6/8 inches). Steel-engraved frontispiece portrait, and 6 further wood-engraved portraits. Original purple cloth, decorated in blind and lettered in gilt (spine faded, extremities bumped).
Provenance: with the modern bookplate of Edwin Stanton Fickes on the front paste-down of each volume.
“THE MOST FAMOUS AMERICAN BOOK OF COLONIAL TIMES AND THE INDISPENSABLE SOURCE FOR COLONIAL SOCIAL HISTORY” (Streeter)
First published in 1702. The seven books of Mather’s history include: the history and settlement of New England; the lives of its governors and magistrates; biographies of "Sixty Famous Divines"; a history and roll of Harvard College; a history of the Congregational Church in New England; a record of the remarkable providences revealing God's direct influence in particular events in the colonies; and the "War of the Lord" dealing with the devil, the Separatists, Familists, Antinomians, Quakers, clerical impostors and the Indians.