London: Printed for Samuel Gerrish, Bookseller in Boston in New-England, and sold by J. Osborn and T. Longman in Pater-noster-Row. 1727. xxiv, 310, , 16 pp. Prince's account [pp 277 - 310] with a separate dated t.p., though pagination & registration continuous. 2 publisher sale lists comprise last 18 pages. 8vo: A^4 B - X^8 Y^4, 2A^8. Modern full brown leather binding, executed in a period style. Maroon leather title label to spine. Rear eps, and ffep renewed. 1st edition (Field 1045; Howes M-452; Landis 727/158; Sabin 47124). Binding - Fine. Paper toned, with some staining throughout. Prior owner signature ["Davis Smith"] to front paste-down. Title leaf with some minor paper restoration to edges. All-in-all, a Very Good copy. Item #33964
Experience Mayhew was the fourth generation of Mayhews who preached to the Indians of Martha’s Vineyard, his great-grandfather being Thomas Mayhew, to whom Sir Ferdinando Gorges granted the patent in 1641, along with Nantucket and the Elizabeth Islands. At the time of writing there were upwards of three thousand “praying Indians” on the Vineyard and Nantucket.
Field's comments on this work are interesting enough that we quote, in-full, his remarks: "In this extraordinary relation of the effects of the Gospel upon the aborigines, are narrated biographical sketches of one hundred and twenty-nine Indians, who gave unexceptional tokens of conversion by Christian lives. The humane labors of this noble missionary contrast so strikingly with the bloody massacre of the Cheyennes in 1863, by the forces under the Rev. Colonel Chivington at Sand Creek, that we cannot but wonder if their religion was the same. We are reminded, however, that Mr. Mayhew’s own sect instigated wars between the tribes of New England, in order to weaken their forces, slaughtered the entire adult members of some tribes, and sold their children into slavery in the West Indies."
Key title documenting the early history of religious interaction between the Native Americans & the English ministry. Uncommon in the trade.