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Komētographia. Or, a Discourse Concerning Comets: Wherein the Nature of Blazing Stars Is Enquired Into: With an Historical Account of All the Comets Which Have Appeared From the Beginning of the World Unto This Present Year, M. DC. LXXXIII. Expressing the Place in the Heavens, Where They Were Seen, Their Motion, Forms, Duration; And the Remarkable Events Which Have Followed in the World, So Far as They Have Been by Learned Men Observed. As Also Two Sermons Occasioned by the Late Blazing Stars

By Mr. Increase Mather, teacher of a church at Boston in New-England, ; [Three lines of Scripture texts]
Format
Book
Published
Boston in New-England. : Printed by S. G. [Samuel Green] for S. S. [Samuel Sewell] and sold by J[oseph]. Browning, at the corner of the Prison Lane next the town-house, 1683.
Language
English
Variant Title
Discourse concerning comets
Description
[12], 143, [3]; [8], 38, [2], 32 p. ; 16 cm (8vo)
Notes
  • First word of title transliterated from the Greek.
  • First "To the reader" signed (¹A4 verso): Decemb. 20. 1682. John Sherman.
  • Second "To the reader" signed (¹A6 recto): Boston N.E. Dec. 31. 1862 Increase Mather.
  • Running title to the first part: Discourse concerning Comets.
  • Two sermons: "Heaven's alarm to the world. Or A sermon, wherein is shewed, that fearful sights and signs in heaven, are the presages of great calamities at hand. Preached at the lecture of Boston in New-England; January, 20. 1680. By Increase Mather. The second impression ... 1682."--[8], 38, [2], 32 p., with separate title page. First issued separately (Evans 320; Evans 321; Bristol B59, Shipton & Mooney 39220). This includes "The latter sign discoursed of, in a sermon ... by Increase Mather ..." ([2], 32 p., Evans 321), also with separate title page.
  • Errata note, 7 lines on p. 143.
  • Variant states of several sheets noted in Komētographia: outer C (p. 27, line 18: AEgy,t; AEgypt); inner C (p. 32, line 1: Persian; Persiau); outer G (p. 83, headline and line 25: page no. at inner margin and W in Wickliffs absent; page no. at inner margin and W in Wickliffs present; page no. at outer margin and W in Wickliffs present); inner G (p. 88-89: catchword on p. 88 is 'holding' and line 27 begins 'the Turks ...'; catchword on p. 88 is 'the' and line 27 begins 'remember that I have ...'); inner I (p. 125: page is numbered 225 in some copies, 125 in others).
  • Two states of the imprint to "Heaven's alarm to the world" noted. The first reads "by John Browning" while the second is corrected to "by Joseph Browning".
  • According to T.J. Holmes, some copies have an errata slip on K7 verso.
  • Signatures: A⁸(-A1) B-K⁸ (A1 blank, A6 verso, K7 verso, K8 blank), ²A-E⁸.
  • Title within border of printer's ornaments; head-pieces; printed marginalia.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: M 1683 .M5 K6 copy 1: Komētographia: p. 27 line 18: AEgy,t; p. 32, line 1, Persian; p. 83, page no. at outer margin and W in Wickliffs present; catchword on p. 88 is 'holding' and line 27 begins 'the Turks ...'; p. 125 correctly numbered. Heaven's alarm to the world: in the second state (Joseph Browning in the imprint). Binding: Bound in full sheep, covers tooled in two asymmetrical panels, each framed by a double line fillet. Stamped in blind at the corner of both panels is an acorn and four-leaf stamp. Inscriptions on front and back fly leaves and on blank pages (K7 verso and K8 recto and verso). From the Library of William G. Mather with his bookplate. Inscription on page facing the title page of Komētographia: John White Junior his Book March the 8th 1707/8" and "History of Comets: 209. Naomi Whites Book 1761." Tracy W. McGregor Library, Mather Collection. The McGregor copies recataloged through a generous grant from the McGregor Fund.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: M 1683 .M5 K6 copy 2: Komētographia: p. 27 line 18: Ægypt; p. 32, line 1, Persiau; p. 83, page no. at inner margin and W in Wickliffs present; catchword on p. 88 is 'holding' and line 27 begins 'the Turks ...'; p. 125 correctly numbered. "Heaven's alarm to the world" in the second state (Joseph Browning in the imprint). Bound without the blank A1. Imperfect: wanting leaf ²E8 (p. 31-32). Binding: Bound in full sheep, covers tooled in two asymmetrical panels, each framed by a double line fillet. Housed in a blue and purple marbled paper covered folder, with leather backstrip, and a matching slipcase. Provenance: S. Hibbert Ware-George Brinley-William G. Mather copy. Mather's pictorial bookplate (Wm. G. Mather Accession No. 96) and Ware's armorial bookplate with motto: Sola Salus Servire Deo. Brinley book label with no. 7615. Inscription on front fly leaf: William Strettell His Book. Inscription on Komētographia title page: "John Farnsworth Strettell. 1805." and "Peter Seddon." On K7 verso: "Joshua Hilton His Book 1712", K8 recto: "1701 Sara Hilton her book given by William Penennon as a legat̂ie 1701.", "Joshua Hilton His Book 1712", and "Joshua Hilton His Book 1732." On K8 verso: "John Farnsworth Strettell 1805." Tracy W. McGregor Library, Mather Collection
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: M 1683 .M5 K6 copy 3: Komētographia: Imperfect: wanting the leaf A2 and the blank K8. 7-line errata note on K7 recto. Additional errata note pasted on K7 verso. Page 27 line 18: AEgy,t; p. 32 line 1: Persiau; p. 83, page no. at outer margin and W in Wickliffs present; catchword on p. 88 is 'the' and line 27 begins 'remember that I have ...'; p. 125 correctly numbered. Heaven's Alarm: First State ("John Browning" in the imprint); title page to the Heaven's Alarm mutilated. Binding: Bound in full sheep, covers tooled in two asymmetrical panels, each framed by a double line fillet. Housed in a snap closure, light blue cloth covered custom-fit box. Provenance: From the library of William G. Mather with his pictorial bookplate and Wm. G. Mather Accession No. 651. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Mather Collection
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: M 1683 .M5 K6 copy 4: Komētographia: Imperfect: wanting the leaves ¹A2 and ¹A8; leaf ¹E6 (p. 61-62) mutilated, upper right corner torn away. p. 27 line 18: AEgy,t; p. 32 line 1: Persiau; p. 83, page no. at outer margin and W in Wickliffs present; catchword on p. 88 is 'the' and line 27 begins 'remember that I have ...'; p. 125 correctly numbered. Heaven's Alarm: First state ("John Browning" in the imprint). Binding: Bound in full sheep, covers tooled in two asymmetrical panels, each framed by a double line fillet. Housed in a quarter brown leather over brown cloth covered box. Provenance: From the library of William G. Mather with his pictorial bookplate. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Mather Collection
Cited in
Catalogue of the American library of the late Mr. George Brinley of Hartford, Conn., entry 7615
English short title catalogue, entry W19542
Evans, C. American bibliography, entry 352
Holmes, T.J. Increase Mather, entry 67-A
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 M1224
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, entry 46696
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    a| SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: M 1683 .M5 K6 copy 2: Komētographia: p. 27 line 18: Ægypt; p. 32, line 1, Persiau; p. 83, page no. at inner margin and W in Wickliffs present; catchword on p. 88 is 'holding' and line 27 begins 'the Turks ...'; p. 125 correctly numbered. "Heaven's alarm to the world" in the second state (Joseph Browning in the imprint). Bound without the blank A1. Imperfect: wanting leaf ²E8 (p. 31-32). Binding: Bound in full sheep, covers tooled in two asymmetrical panels, each framed by a double line fillet. Housed in a blue and purple marbled paper covered folder, with leather backstrip, and a matching slipcase. Provenance: S. Hibbert Ware-George Brinley-William G. Mather copy. Mather's pictorial bookplate (Wm. G. Mather Accession No. 96) and Ware's armorial bookplate with motto: Sola Salus Servire Deo. Brinley book label with no. 7615. Inscription on front fly leaf: William Strettell His Book. Inscription on Komētographia title page: "John Farnsworth Strettell. 1805." and "Peter Seddon." On K7 verso: "Joshua Hilton His Book 1712", K8 recto: "1701 Sara Hilton her book given by William Penennon as a legat̂ie 1701.", "Joshua Hilton His Book 1712", and "Joshua Hilton His Book 1732." On K8 verso: "John Farnsworth Strettell 1805." Tracy W. McGregor Library, Mather Collection
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    a| SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: M 1683 .M5 K6 copy 3: Komētographia: Imperfect: wanting the leaf A2 and the blank K8. 7-line errata note on K7 recto. Additional errata note pasted on K7 verso. Page 27 line 18: AEgy,t; p. 32 line 1: Persiau; p. 83, page no. at outer margin and W in Wickliffs present; catchword on p. 88 is 'the' and line 27 begins 'remember that I have ...'; p. 125 correctly numbered. Heaven's Alarm: First State ("John Browning" in the imprint); title page to the Heaven's Alarm mutilated. Binding: Bound in full sheep, covers tooled in two asymmetrical panels, each framed by a double line fillet. Housed in a snap closure, light blue cloth covered custom-fit box. Provenance: From the library of William G. Mather with his pictorial bookplate and Wm. G. Mather Accession No. 651. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Mather Collection
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    a| SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: M 1683 .M5 K6 copy 4: Komētographia: Imperfect: wanting the leaves ¹A2 and ¹A8; leaf ¹E6 (p. 61-62) mutilated, upper right corner torn away. p. 27 line 18: AEgy,t; p. 32 line 1: Persiau; p. 83, page no. at outer margin and W in Wickliffs present; catchword on p. 88 is 'the' and line 27 begins 'remember that I have ...'; p. 125 correctly numbered. Heaven's Alarm: First state ("John Browning" in the imprint). Binding: Bound in full sheep, covers tooled in two asymmetrical panels, each framed by a double line fillet. Housed in a quarter brown leather over brown cloth covered box. Provenance: From the library of William G. Mather with his pictorial bookplate. Tracy W. McGregor Library, Mather Collection
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