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24 Jan 2019 16:30 GMT

[Early AMERICAN IMPRINT + BINDING]. - Samuel LEE (1625-1691)

Eleothriambos or The Triumph of Mercy in the Chariot of Praise. A Treatise of preventing secret & unexpected mercies

Published: B. Green for Benj. Eliot, Boston, 1718

Edition: 1st American

Reserve: $450


Estimate: $700-1000

Bidding opens: 24 Jan 16:30 GMT

Bidding closes: 31 Jan 16:30 GMT

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[Early American imprint + binding]. - Samuel LEE (1625-1691)

Eleothriambos [Romanised version of Greek script original]. or The Triumph of Mercy in the Chariot of Praise. A Treatiseof preventing secret & unexpected mercies, with some mixt reflections.

Boston: reprinted by B. Green for Benj. Eliot and sold at his shop, 1718.

12mo signd in sixes (5 ¾ x 3 ¼ inches; 146 x 83mm). Pp.[i-viii; 1-147, '184'- '194' [i.e.148-158], lacking the final blank leaf O6. Woodcut decorative vignettes to tile and final page, ink manuscript marginalia.

Condition of contents: light staining to title, clean tears into text area to pp. [vii/viii] and '187'/'188', light old stain to upper blank margin of most leaves.

Contemporary American (?Boston) binding of sheep, paneled in blind with rules, a simple decorative roll and small fleuron cornerpieces, spine divided into compartments by semi-raised bands, modern protective chemise and slipcase constructed from (mostly) 19th-century materials.

Condition of binding: rubbed and scuffed, some splits to joints, approx. ½-inch section lacking from foot of spine.

Provenance: Early indistinct partially erased inscription, dated 1729; partially erased inscription dated 1761; Adonijah SANGER (1785 – 1864, inscription dated 1825, numerous manuscript marginal notes and indicators).

First American edition: a nice unsophisticated copy of quite a rare early Boston imprint.  Samuel Lee "was an English Puritan academic and minister... Lee migrated to New England in 1686, and on the formation of a church at Bristol, Rhode Island was chosen minister on 8 May 1687. After the Glorious Revolution he decided to return to England. He sailed from Boston 2 October 1691. His ship was seized by a French privateer and taken to St. Malo. His wife and daughter were separated from him and, unknown to him, were sent to England. He died at St. Malo of a fever about Christmas 1691" (Wikipedia) 

ESTC W5085 (18 copies); OCLC 5828629 (6 copies); 612624150 (1 copy); 960076599 (1 copy).

Evans 1961; Sabin 39794.

  • Binding Condition: acceptable
  • Overall Condition: acceptable
  • Size: 5 ¾ x 3 ¼ins; 146 x 83mm

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