PRINCE, Thomas (1687-1758). Extraordinary Events the Doings of God, and marvellous in pious Eyes. Illustrated in a Sermon at the South Church in Boston, N.E. on the General Thanksgiving, Thursday, July 18, 1745. Edinburgh: R. Fleming and Company, 1746.

$ 1,500.00

8vo., (7 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches). (One or two pale stains). Woodcut headpieces and initials. Later full dark blue calf, red morocco gilt letter piece to the spine, inner dentelles, all edges gilt.

Provenance: From the library of Frank C. Deering (1866-1936), with his bookplate to the front pastedown.

Second edition. A clean copy with distinguished provenance. "Often compared to the Reverend Cotton Mather because of his capacity for knowledge and interest in history, Thomas Prince was one of Boston's most popular clergymen. Born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard College in 1707. After travelling to Barbados and England, Prince was ordained as the minister of Boston's Old South Church in 1718 and continued in that post until his death. Prince 'favored the introduction of singing by note, cut down the number of sermons and...was always a strong advocate of toleration.' He once said: 'I am for leaving every one to the Freedom of Worshipping according to the Light of his Conscience; and for extending Charity to every one who receives the Gospel as the Rule of his Faith and Love'" (American Antiquarian Society online). Sabin 65596; Lande 2089.

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