The Blessedness of the Righteous Opened, and Further Recommended from the Consideration of the Vanity of this Mortal Life in Two Treatises

London: Printed by A. Maxwell, for Sa. Gellibrand, 1673.

Price: $800.00

Second edition (first published in 1668). Small octavo. 514, [12], 96pp. Probably late 18th or early 19th Century American full calf gilt. Joints a little tender but sound and tight, small strip cut from the top of the title page, presumably to remove a name, a very good copy. Ownership Signature (twice) of Rev. Frederick T. Tiffany of Cooperstown, New York, with a couple of ink notes in the text, probably in his hand. Tiffany was the Episcopalian Rector of Cooperstown, and according to some sources, the model for Rev. Mr. Grant in fellow townsman James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Pioneers, probably the reason why there exists a record of Tiffany suing Cooper for libel, although we have yet to determine how that worked out. Tiffany later became Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives. The author, John Howe was a Puritan cleric and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. OCLC locates no copies of the first edition, and two physical copies of this edition (and innumerable microfilmed copies in the U.S.); Copac adds several more in the U.K.

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