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The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Vvitches, Lately Excuted [Sic] in New-England: And of Several Remarkable Curiosities Therein Occurring. Together With I. Observations Upon the Nature, the Number, and the Operations of the Devils. II. A Short Narrative of a Late Outrage Committed by a Knot of Witches in Swede-Land, Very Much Resembling, and So Far Explaining, That Under Which New-England Has Laboured. III. Some Councels Directing a Due Improvement of the Terrible Things Lately Done by the Unusual and Amazing Range of Evil-Spirits in New-England. IV. A Brief Discourse Upon Those Temptations Which Are the More Ordinary Devices of Satan

By Cotton Mather. Published by the special command of his excellency the govenour [sic] of the province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England
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[London] : Printed first, at Bostun [sic] in New-England; and reprinted at London, for John Dunton, at the Raven in the Poultry, 1693.
Variant Title
Tryals of several witches, lately executed in New-England: published by the special command of the governour
Tryals of several vvitches, lately executed in New-England: published by the special command of the governour
[4], 16, 16, 33-80, 41-56, 89-98, [2] p. ; 21 cm (4to)
  • Recto of first prelim. leaf half-title: The tryals of several vvitches, lately executed in New-England: published by the special command of the Governour. On verso: Imprimatur. Decem. 23. 1692. Edmund Bohun.
  • First London edition. A 2d edition, greatly abridged, was published, London, J. Dunton, 1693, 62 p., and a 3d edition, London, J. Dunton, 1693, 64 p.
  • The author's defence, p. [1-2]; Letter from William Stoughton, p. [3]; prefatory note by Mather, p. [4] Enchantments encounter'd, p. 5-[17]; A discourse on the wonders of the invisible world; uttered (in part) on August 4, 1692: p. 2-16, 33-80, 41-56, 89-98.
  • Paging irregular. The last leaf sig. [R2] contains advertisement of "books lately printed for John Dunton."
  • Text continuous despite pagination.
  • Signatures: pi² A-K⁴ L-R².
  • Typography and style of head-lines vary; head-lines in black letter.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Bound in full navy blue crushed levant morocco. Undecorated covers; spine in six panels divided by raised bands. Title gilt in the second panel, "Cotton Mather 1693" in the third panel. Turn-ins are elaborately gilt with a wide floriated roll, a double line fillet, then a single line fillet topped with a small tulip decorative roll. Board edges are gilt with a double line fillet. All edges gilt. Binding signed: Bound by Riviere and Son. Provenance: From the library of William G. Mather with his bookplate and Wm. G. Mather Accession No. 214 on front paste-down. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Mather Collection. This copy recataloged through a generous grant from the McGregor Fund.
Cited in
English short title catalogue, entry R37620
Holmes, T.J. Cotton Mather, entry 454-B
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, entry 46604
Wing, D.G. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 (CD-ROM, 1996), entry M1174
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