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
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
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

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

(London: Printed for Thomas Parkhurst, 1702 ).

SCARCE AND IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF THIS CORNERSTONE WORK OF EARLY AMERICAN COLONIAL HISTORY AND A COPY WITH FINE NEW ENGLAND AND EARLY BOSTON PROVENANCE. MAGNALIA CHRISTI AMERICANA has been called by Streeter the most famous American book of colonial times, and its importance to the study of life in the earliest period of American Colonial history is without peer.
“To those who are interested in the early history of our country... if they wish to obtain a general view of the state of society and manners, they will probably nowhere find so many materials for this purpose, as in the work of this pedantic and garrulous writer.” “One of the most singular books in this or any other language. Its puns and its poems, its sermons and its anagrams, render it unique in its kind”- Southey in the Quarterly Review.
Published by the puritan minister Cotton Mather, the work consists of seven books. It details the development of Massachusetts, and other nearby colonies in New England from 1620 to 1698. Some of the most notable passages of the book are Mather's descriptions of the Salem witch trials. Mather was very critical of the methods used by the court and he attempts to detach himself from the event. His narrative on Hannah Dustan is one of the best known accounts of captivity by, and escape from, the hostile Indians. Mather also provides a complete "catalogus" of those who graduated from Harvard College; and tells of the founding of Harvard College as well.
A rare book and difficult to obtain with the original map of New England and New York, as in most copies it is found in facsimile. Mather's is probably the best known book of colonial times, and certainly one of the most important in all of American history. Item #30433

First edition of this cornerstone work of American history. With the original folding map of New England and New York, and with the separate engraved title-pages for each of the seven books. 4to, in full antique rich brown morocco, the boards framed in gilt and blind, the spine with gilt tooled double raised bands ruled in blind and gilt lettering in three compartments, marbled end-leaves, with the engraved "Crown in Shield" bookplate of F. A. Crowninshield on the front paste-down. The Crowninshield family were a Boston Brahmin dynasty that had been prominent in seafaring, political, military leadership, and the literary and fine art worlds since 1688. [30], 38; 75; 238; 125-222; 100; 88; 118; (2)ads. pp, A very handsome copy of this great work in antique full morocco of the 19th century, the binding is strong and tight and very well preserved. The text is very clean and fresh, a strong impression and in excellent state of preservation.

Price: $9,500.00