MATHER, INCREASE. 1639-1723.
A Brief History of the War with the Indians in New-England. London: Richard Chiswell, 1676.
a4(-a1) A-G4, H2. , 51, [1 blank], 8 pp. Woodcut seal of Massachusetts Bay colony on p 15. 4to (201 x 146 mm). Modern full red morocco, spine gilt-lettered. Lacking half-title, title-page rehinged and with outer margin strengthened, about 15 other leaves with marginal repairs (not affecting text), a couple of tiny marginal chips, 4 leaves with pale dampstain.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, published the same year as the Boston first edition. This is the third of the quarto King Philip's War tracts, giving a blow-by-blow account of events from June 24, 1675 to August 12, 1676. "King Philip" was the name the English gave to Metacom [1639-1676], chief of the Wampanoag. Though the war lasted little more than a year, it was proportionally speaking one of the costliest in American history, with about half of New England's towns subject to some native attack. Increase Mather published this tract to counter other accounts which blamed the war on the persecution of Quakers. Church 643; European Americana 676/123; Field 1022; Holmes 16B; Howes M400 ("c"); Vail 175; Sabin 46641; Wing M-1188.
Provenance: names of Sarah Higgs Nicholas and William Nicholas Junior of Lanhydrock on pp 23-23; Sotheby's, Nov 30, 1995, lot 139.
Acquisition: purchased from William Reese Company, 2000, $7,500.