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Mather, Cotton (1663-1728) The Wonders of the Invisible world: Being an Account of the Tryals... [witches]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00264 Author/Creator: Mather, Cotton (1663-1728) Place Written: London, England Type: Books Date: 1693 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: One of the most famous of early New England books, here in the first British edition printed at London, following the first edition published in Boston the same year. Mather meant to expose witchcraft and to support his friends in the government. He gives detailed descriptions of each case, thus providing an invaluable record. All the early editions of this work are extremely rare, especially the Boston edition and the present one. Printed by John Dunton, with errors in pagination and spelling: "Ex[e]cuted" "Bostun" and "Gove[r]nour" on titlepage (per NUC). Small quarto in 19th century calf with gilt inner dentelles. Some trimming loss to characters in running-titles.

People: Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728.

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: Women's History, Religion, Law, Death Penalty

Sub Era: Early Settlements Religion and the Great Awakening The 13 Colonies