The Rare First Edition of an Important Early American Biography, Written by Cotton Mather
Cotton Mather. Triumphs of the Reformed Religion, in
America. The Life of the Renowned John Eliot ... a
Memorable Evangelist among the Indians, of New England...
Boston: Printed by Benjamin Harris, and John Allen, for Joseph
Brunning, 1691. First edition. Small octavo. Approximately 5.75 x
3.5 inches. [vi], 152 pages. Lacking title-page. Contemporary full
calf, ruled in black. Binding worn, boards detached, spine chipped
with later printed library label on spine, library bookplate on
front pastedown, endleaves missing, ownership markings on inside of
covers and on first leaf, page 21/22 chipped and torn, page 151/152
chipped, text toned, creased, with some occasional soiling and
short tears. Although this copy is only fair, it is an important
American biography, being the story of Eliot's translating the
bible into the Massachuset language (Eliot was the first to preach
the gospel to Native Americans, and he printed the first bible in
North America). Evans 568. Howes M398.
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