London: Printed for T. R. and E. M., 1647 [Washington: Wm. Q. Force, 1846], 1846. Disbound. Very Good binding. Item #6399
24pp. Octavo. 284 pp. Removed from binding. From: Tracts and Other Papers, Relating Principally to the Origins, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America. Volume IV (1846). Here stitched into modern laid paper wrappers. Some toning to the leaves, but clean and paper is supple.
Of the original printing, Church remarks, "To this work we are indebted for the earliest contemporary reprint of The Freeman's Oath, the first issue of the Cambridge Press. No copy of the original issue has come down to us, but the original draft in the handwriting of John Winthrop is still preserved in the Boston Public Library. Reference is made in the preface of this work to the 'Capital Laws of the Massachusets Bay,' also one of the lost issues of Stephen Daye's press. The second part, or postscript, comments unfavorably on Hypocrisie Unmasked, and called out a reply the same year by Winslow in a tract entitled New Englands Salamander Discovered. These books are important as illustrating the history of Massachusetts at this period" Church 478. One of the latter in the series of the Gorton controversy tracts. Important piece of Colonial Americana and exceedingly scarce in the original. Sabin 12705.