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    A Popular Seventeenth-Century Tract on Puritanism by John Cotton

    John Cotton. The Keyes to the Kingdom of Heaven, and Power thereof, according to the Word of God. London: M. Simmons for Henry Overton, 1644.

    Second printing (first published in 1644, and going through seven printings that year). Small quarto (approximately 7.25 x 5.5 inches). [xii], 59, [1, blank] pages.

    Sympathetically bound in modern quarter calf over plain boards, spine lettered in gilt. Some rubbing to binding, text margins a bit close, text with several simple paper repairs throughout. Toned, some minor worm damage. Overall, very good.

    Cotton presents his conception of the allocation of power and authority within a particular church as provided in Scripture. It was written to persuade the Westminster Assembly to adopt the New England Congregational Way, and was endorsed by two leading members of the Congregational party in England, Thomas Goodwin and Philip Nye.

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