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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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[4], 16, 16, 33-80, 41-56, 89-98, [2] p. ; 21 cm (4to)
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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
[London] : Printed first, at Bostun [sic] in New-England; and reprinted at London, for John Dunton, at the Raven in the Poultry, 1693.
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.
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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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.
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