London. 1781. xx,216pp. Final page adhered to final blank leaf. [bound with:] THE CHRISTIAN PREACHER DELINEATED. London. 1757. ,22pp. plus 3pp. of manuscript notes. Antique style half calf and and marbled boards, leather label. Minor toning and foxing, very good. Item #WRCAM46191
One of Cotton Mather's final works, first published in Boston in 1726, and here in its second edition, a manual of practical and inspirational instructions for the ministry. The second work, bound at the end of the Mather text, is an anonymous work on the nature and character of ministers. A rare work, this copy is particularly interesting for the manuscript notes which continue the end of the text, which equate religion and science. The author of the manuscript notes writes, "By ye help of a large microscope we may find in the minute works of God perpetual improvement & new pleasures to ye end of life. In fine, what preacher of sense, spirit, & virtue, can ever want the finest diversions, whilst he has in his possession a good microscope?" Fewer than ten copies in ESTC. ESTC T56534; T165504. HOLMES, COTTON MATHER 220-B.