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Lot 1111: John Wise A VINDICATION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW-ENGLAND CHURCHES 1772 Churches Quarrel Espoused Platform Of Church Discipline Antique Theology United States History
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: A Vindication of the Government of New-England Churches. Drawn from Antiquity; the Light of Nature; Holy Scripture; its Noble Nature; and from the Dignity Divine Providence has put Upon it.
Author: John Wise - John Wise was a Congregationalist reverend and political leader in Massachusetts during the American colonial period. Wise was noted for his political activism, specifically his protests against British taxation, for which he was once jailed. As the pastor of the Chebacco Parish from 1680 to his death in 1725, Wise lived in Ipswich, Massachusetts, often called "the birthplace of American independence."
Publisher: Printed and Sold by John Boyles
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 80/96/68 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.75"
Book Details: This volume is "the most authoritative defense of Congregational polity, recognized as such even in law courts" (Howes W595, Evans 12625).
Condition / Notes: This antique volume comprises three titles bound in one, each with its own title page. The latter two titles are: "The Churches Quarrel Espoused: or, a Reply In Satyre, to Certain Proposals Made, in Answer to this Question,--What Further Steps Are to be Taken, That the Councils May Have Due Constitution and Efficacy in Supporting, Preserving, and Well-Ordering the Interest of the Churches in the Country?" and "A Platform of Church-Discipline: Gathered out of the Word of GOD, and Agreed Upon by the Elders and Messengers of the Churches Assembled in the Synod at Cambridge in New-England: to be Presented to the Churches and General Court, for their Consideration and Acceptance in the Lord, the 8th Month, Anno 1648" (both titles by John Wise; Boston: Printed and Sold by John Boyles, 1772).
This scarce antique volume is bound in marbled paper-covered boards with leather backstrip. The book shows significant external wear, with soiling, rubbing, and chipping to the spine. A hand-written, chipped paper spine label has been affixed to the spine. The hinges are cracked. Library bookplates appear on the front and rear paste-downs, and an armorial bookplate reading "Bibliotheque Schorsch" appears on the front flyleaf. The interior of this volume is toned and foxed, and scattered moisture markings can be seen on the page edges. Pages 67 and 68, as well as one unnumbered page, are laid in in facsimile at the rear.
This volume has been collated and appears complete. It consists of a total of 242 numbered pages of text, in 3 sections. In the first section, pages are numbered 3-80. In the second, pages are numbered 1-96. In the third, they are numbered 1-68.
It appears that in the third section, pages 67 and 68 have been photocopied from another book, and inserted.
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