1680 EDMUND CALAMY. Art of Divine Meditation - Puritan w/ American Great Awakening Provenance
1680 EDMUND CALAMY. Art of Divine Meditation - Puritan w/ American Great Awakening Provenance
1680 EDMUND CALAMY. Art of Divine Meditation - Puritan w/ American Great Awakening Provenance
1680 EDMUND CALAMY. Art of Divine Meditation - Puritan w/ American Great Awakening Provenance
1680 EDMUND CALAMY. Art of Divine Meditation - Puritan w/ American Great Awakening Provenance
1680 EDMUND CALAMY. Art of Divine Meditation - Puritan w/ American Great Awakening Provenance

1680 EDMUND CALAMY. Art of Divine Meditation - Puritan w/ American Great Awakening Provenance

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Not pristine, but a very rare and desirable work by Edmund Calamy, one of the most influential puritans of the age that included such luminaries as John Owen, Thomas Brooks, William Bridge, Thomas Watson, etc., In some ways, this may be seens as a counterpart to Watson's work on the same subject. 

The work itself is quite rare; we don't recall ever handling it before. And it's theme, the practice of meditation and thus, by the Spirit, receiving the grace of Christ, is a much needed one.

Lovely early inscriptions from Edward Bromfield, selectman of Boston and recorder of six important volumes of manuscript sermons of the era that included sermons by Cotton Mather, Thomas Prince, Joseph Sewall, Samuel Willard [known as the Saviour of the Salem Witches] etc., available in no other form. Bromfield, a wealthy patron of the revivalists, was buried after a sermon by Thomas Prince. Then, it is signed by John Webb [1687-1750], pastor of the New North Meeting House of Boston. He was promiment in the great awakening, authoring Christ’s Suit to the Sinner, while He Stands and Knocks at the Door: A Sermon Preach’d in a Time of Great Awakening, at the Tuesday-Evening Lecture in Brattle-Street, Boston and many other works. 

Calamy, Edmund. The Art of Divine Meditation. Or, A Discourse of the Nature, Necessity, and Excellency thereof. With Motives to, and Rules for the better performance of that most Important Christian Duty. In Several Sermons on Gen. 24.63 "And Isaac went out to meditate in the fields at even-tide." London. Printed for Tho. Parkhurst. 1680. First Edition. 208pp. 

Original full calf, worn with loss at base of spine, some worm tracings on front cover, interior board with loss at top corner, front hinge shaken, inscriptions with clock drawings on blank ffep, frontis torn with losses as shown, remainder of volume complete with handling and turns at corners and foredges. 

Good -, but very rare and desirable. Plus, great early American provenance.