MATHER, COTTON. 1663-1728.
The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches, Lately Executed in New-England.... London: John Dunton, 1693 [but probably December, 1692].
4to (192 x 140 mm). , 80, 41-56, 89-98,  ad pp. 19th century red morocco-grained sheep, gilt, a.e.g. Modern quarter morocco slipcase. Mild toning to title, British Museum sale duplicate stamp to title verso, trimmed at top and bottom margins with frequent losses to headers, pagination and catchwords, f.f.e. loose, joints rubbed.
Provenance: Catharine L. Howard (armorial bookplate).
THE FIRST LENGTHY AND CONTEMPORANEOUS ACCOUNT OF THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS, FIRST LONDON EDITION, being the only complete London edition and all editions very rare. This is the re-telling "of the judicial murders of the so-called Salem witches, written approvingly by the most learned New England Puritan of his age; the classic example of religious frenzy sanctifying intolerance and delusion" (Howes).
"Winsor says that when Mather finished writing the book, in October, 1692, a duplicate copy of the manuscript was sent to England, so that the book appeared in England at about the same time that it did in Boston. A careful comparison of the Boston with the London edition shows that the latter was printed from the former, instead of from a separate manuscript. In his desire to publish the work as soon as possible, the publisher evidently broke up the Boston copy and gave it out to two or more printers. This, no doubt, accounts for the breaks in pagination noted above. A more cogent reason for this supposition exists in the fact that of the seven errors which appear in the Boston edition, five are repeated in this, two only, and those obvious misprints, being corrected." Church 734; Holmes 454c; Howes M399 ("c"); Sabin 46604; Wing M1175.