[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