Increase Mather (1639-1723) was a major figure in the early history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was a Puritan minister who was involved with the government of the colony, the administration of Harvard College, and most notoriously, the Salem witch trials. He was the son of Richard Mather, and the father of Cotton Mather, both influential Puritan ministers.
FROM AN INCREASE MATHER SERMON of 1685, an American incunable. This leaf comes from the hand of of the brother of Cotton Mather. Early American printed works - those printed before 1700 - are quite rare: and in the early Colonies the printing was wretched, the paper mean, and the quality of the whole effort poor. Nearly one hundred and fifty years was to go by before printing in the United States would reach upward toward the eminence attained by European masters. In this leaf one can clearly see the struggling American colonies and their effort to establish scholarly and religious independence. (16mo- approx. 3.5" x 5.75"), very nice condition. Domestic s&h $10.
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