OBSERVATIONS HISTORICAL AND PRACTICAL ON THE RISE AND PRIMITIVE STATE OF NEW-ENGLAND. WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE OLD AND FIRST GATHER'D CHURCH IN BOSTON.

Boston: Printed by S. Kneeland and T. Green, for S. Gerrish in Cornhill, 1730. [8],46pp. Half title. Antique-style half calf and marbled boards. Ex-Newberry Library, with their small ink stamp on the half title, titlepage, and several internal leaves. Half title and title-leaf restored along gutter, first leaf of dedication with an old repair, obscuring five full lines and fourteen half- lines of text. A good plus copy. Item #WRCAM47519

A nice association copy, bearing an inscription in a slightly later hand on the half title reading, "Lydia Abbot's Book the gift of Mrs. Abigail Foxcroft," and in the same hand (presumably Lydia Abbot's): "Lydia Abbot her book." Abigail Foxcroft (d. 1803) was apparently the daughter of the author. First and only edition of this "valuable tract, compiled from original sources" (Sabin). Foxcroft, minister of the First Church of Boston, reviews the history of a century of Puritan New England, their religious mission, and the example the forefathers set for his own flock. Called "very scarce" in the Brinley sale catalogue. EVANS 3280. ESTC W28699. HOWES F309, "aa." SABIN 25399. BRINLEY SALE 1588.

Price: $1,500.00