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Group of seven works bound together
. Boston: various publishers, 1701-1741. Brown calf (probably circa 1780-1820), with red titling label on spine. 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (13.5 x 8 cm); various paginations. Binding quite rubbed, internally some toning but generally clean, sound copies.
1. [MATHER, COTTON]. Nicetas. Or, Temptations to sin, and particularly to the sin wherewith youth is most usually and easily ensnared; well answered & conquered. In a sermon, directing and engaging young people, to the resolutions of early piety. Timothy Green: Boston, 1705. 44 pp., collating A-E^(4) F^(4)(-F2, F3, cancelled duplicate leaves). Joseph Sewall's copy; his name in ink at the foot of the final page, with a further inscription (unfortunately trimmed and illegible). Sewall was a noted theologian with close connections to Harvard; he was offered the presidency in 1724, but refused it. T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 256.
2. [MATHER, COTTON]. A companion for the afflicted. The duties and the comforts, of good men, under their afflictions in two brief and plain discourses. Accommodated unto the condition that all at some times, and some at all times, do encounter withal. Boston: T. Green for Samuel Sewall Junior, 1701. 56 pp., collating A-G^(4). T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 68.
3. [MATHER, COTTON]. The balance of the sanctuary. A short and plain essay; declaring, the true balance wherein every thing should be weighed, and, detecting, the false balance wherein many things are weighed, among the children of men. A lecture; in the audience of the General Assembly at Boston, Oct. 5. 1727. Boston: T. Fleet, 1727. 24 pp., collating A-B^(6). T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 22.
4. [MATHER, COTTON]. Hatzar-Maveth. Comfortable words; in a short essay on the comforts of one living to God, but walking through the valley of the shadow of death; and finding it no more than a shadow of death. Boston: S. Gerrish, 1726. [4], 28pp., collating A-B^(6) C1,2,3,4. T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 168.
5. ADAMS, ELIPHALET. God sometimes answers his people, by terrible things in righteousness. A discourse occasioned by that awful thunder-clap which struck the meeting-house in N. London, Aug. 31st. 1735. N[ew] London, [Conn.]: T. Green, 1735. [4], vi, 46 pp., collating A-G^(4).
6. WEBB, JOHN. Christ's suit to the sinner, while he stands and knocks at the door. A sermon preach'd in a time of great awakening, at the Tuesday-evening lecture in Brattle-Street, Boston, October 13. Boston: S. Kneeland and T, Green, 1741. [4], 43, [1] pp., collating A-D^(6).
7. PIERPONT, JAMES. Sundry false hopes of heaven, discovered and decryed, in a sermon preached at the North-Assembly in Boston, 3. d. 4. m. 1711. Boston: T. Green, 1712. [2], xxiv, 46 pp., collating A-F^(6). With a preface by Cotton Mather. With Joseph Sewall's inscription dated Jan. 22 1711 (rather trimmed). T.J Holmes. Cotton Mather 299A.
In all, an exceptional collection of Colonial American sermons with a fine provenance, several of which are of the utmost rarity. Sewall gave books to Harvard after the 1764 library fire, and was a substantial benefactor to the school. Mather's Nicetas is a rare juvenile desideratum, intended as it was for a young audience. Perhaps as a consequence of juvenile use, it is very rare (we note three copies only in institutions). Respectively these works are Evans 1218; 992; 2906; 2769; 3861; 4834; and 1581.

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