London: Printed for C. Dilly, in the Poultry. 1785. 1st edition (ESTC T60376). , 310,  pp. Advert page after final page of text. 8vo. 8-3/8" x 5-1/8". Period brown full calf binding with black leather title label in the 2nd compartment. Average binding wear. Front joint with old repair. Ex-lib, with library bookplate [no other markings noted]. Modern po name label. Title leaf with name excised from top right [no text affected]. Foxing. Withal, a VG copy. Item #36990
"Charles Chauncy, a prominent American theologian, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 1st of January 1705, and graduated at Harvard in 1721. In 1727 he was chosen as the colleague of Thomas Foxcroft (1697-1769) in the pastorate of the First Church of Boston, continuing as pastor of this church until his death. At the time of the "Great Awakening" of 1740-1743 and afterwards, Chauncy was the leader of the so-called "Old Light" party in New England, which strongly condemned the Whitefieldian revival as an outbreak of emotional extravagance. His views were ably presented in his sermon Enthusiasm and in his Seasonable Thoughts on the State of Religion in New England (1743), written in answer to Jonathan Edwards's Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New England (1742). He also took a leading part in opposition to the projected establishment of an Anglican Episcopate in America, and before and during the American War of Independence he ardently supported the Whig Party. Theologically he has been classed as a precursor of the New England Unitarians. He died in Boston on the 10th of February 1787." [1911 EB].
This title, Chauncy's last published book, examines Adam's fall from grace, and is scarce in the trade.