A GOOD OLD AGE. A BRIEF ESSAY ON THE GLORY OF AGED PIETY
by [Mather, Cotton]
Boston: Printed by S. Kneeland and T. Green, for S. Gerrish, 1726. ,42pp. Half title. Contemporary marbled wrappers, sewn. Moderate edge wear, soiling, and rubbing to wrappers, corners worn. Near-contemporary ink ownership signature on front pastedown, titlepage, and last text page, slightly later gift inscription on verso of half title, minor foxing and toning. Half title present but partly utilized as front pastedown, torn and still partially adhered to the front wrapper. Very good. A rare later work from the pen of eminent American minister Cotton Mather as attributed by Holmes. A contemplation of aging, especially as it relates to the afterlife. The subtitle reads "Humbly Commended and Presented unto Them, whose Arrival to, or near, SIXTY, ranks them among, the AGED." Mather was sixty-three years old at the time. One of the more difficult to find of Mather titles, with only seven copies reported in OCLC. Holmes locates eight copies, but two of them are imperfect. EVANS 2768. HOLMES 155. SABIN 27834, 46346. BRINLEY 1130. GOODSPEED 488:343 ("Rare").
(Inventory #: WRCAM49776)
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