Boston: Re-printed by Rogers and Fowle, for J. Edwards in Cornhill, 1746. Removed from an 18th century calf binding (with traces of the calf to the spine), 176 pages. Some light soiling and foxing; a good to very good copy. Item #19456
1746 was an unusually bad year for the “bloody flux” or dysentery in Massachusetts (see both Nash, Historical Sketch of the Town of Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Ernest Caulfield, “The Pursuit of a Pestilence,” American Antiquarian Society, Proceedings, LX (1950)) and with rumors no doubt reaching New England of the diphtheria then striking Philadelphia, these epidemics likely prompted the publication of these 1665 works from the English nonconformist divine (including his “A Welcome to the Plague”), first published after Shaw had lost his children in the plague. Evans 5862; Sabin 79958. Nearly four-inch tear from the gutter across the final leaf, making the leaf a trifle loose but with no loss.