Publisher: Boston: In N.E. Re-printed by S. Kneeland for Benj. Eliot, at his Shop in King Street, 1720.
Edition: First American edition.
Bibliographical References: Evans 2121; ESTC W3563, which records nine locations in the U.S. (AAS, Boston Athenaeum, BPL, Houghton, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, LCP, MHS, LC and Yale).
Condition: Some minor defects, wear and stains, but overall a fine, complete, undisturbed copy, enclosed in a custom case.
Book ID: 27730
Description12mo, contemporary sheep.
CommentsA collection of nine sermons by Church of Scotland minister Andrew Gray (1633-1656), who despite his short life became famous for his preaching which was said to "make men's hair stand on end" (DNB). There were several posthumous collections of his works, which were reprinted many times. This is the first American edition of any of Gray's sermons, and it has interesting early American provenance with the ownership inscription on the front blank of "Robert Cathcart's / Book God give him / Grace there in to Look / A.D. 1750 / Rit on Board the / Ship Royal Bounty / in Year 1750 August 15th day in Latt 58." Robert Cathcart (1728-1795) was a member of the Cathcart family of Martha's Vineyard. The Royal Bounty was an English whaler based in Leith, Scotland. On the rear blanks are others notes by Robert Cathcart.