DescriptionJohn Cotton. The Way of the Churches of Christ in New-England. Or, The Way of Churches walking in brotherly equality, or coordination, without Subjection of one Church to another. Measured and examined by the Golden Reed of the Sanctuary. Containing a full Declaration of the Churchway in all Particulars. London: Printed by Matthew Simmons in Aldersgate Street, 1645.
First edition. Sixteenmo. , 116,  pages.
Bound in later three-quarter red leather with marbled boards and gilt spine titles inside four raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Minimal shelf wear to the boards, with light wear to the corners. Noted bibliophile and Americana collector Frederick W. Skiff's bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. Textblock somewhat toned. Offsetting to endpapers where they contact the leather binding. Margins somewhat trimmed. Terminal leaf of advertisement backed on paper. A very good copy.
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"More renowned in his own time than even 'the grave and judicious Hooker' was John Cotton, the most beloved and admired of all the Puritan ministers who emigrated from Old to New England" (Darrel Abel, The Nascence of American Literature, p. 36).
"In the early 1640s John Cotton had written The Way of the Churches in New England (not published until 1645), in which he depicted the New England Way as the 'middle way' between Separatism and Presbyterianism and thus a model rightly to be followed by Old England" (Alan Heimart & Andrew Delbanco, The Puritans in America, p. 107-109).
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