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Overview

Puritan preacher Cotton Mather was an early American leader of great social, scientific, and political influence. A prolific author, he wrote over 450 books and pamphlets covering a variety of subjects, from theology to science to history. Study of his work reveals important insights into late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century American history, including troubling topics such as the Salem Witch Trials and slavery—both of which he was involved in and commented upon.

This collection compiles some of Mather’s most important works, such as the Magnalia Christi Americana—Mather’s most widely-read work which traces the ecclesiastical history of New England, including biographies of numerous eminent figures. Throughout these volumes he also creates the first American compilation volume of scientific knowledge, advocates for the Christian education of slaves, expresses support for inoculation, and gives a defensive account of the Salem Witch Trials. Volumes such as The Diary of Cotton Mather and Barrett Wendell’s classic biography, Cotton Mather, the Puritan Priest provide intimate insight into Mather’s life and thought. Rounding off the collection, you’ll also get an assortment of sermons, public addresses, and poetic works.

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Key Features

  • Compiles Cotton Mather’s most important works
  • Includes the full text of Magnalia Christi Americana
  • Provides selections from Mather’s diary and correspondence
  • Offers insight into Puritan and early American history

Product Details

  • Title: Select Works of Cotton Mather
  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Volumes: 14
  • Pages: 4,223
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Collected Works
  • Topic: Theology

Individual Titles

The Diary of Cotton Mather, vol. 1

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 604

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Gain insight into the life and thought of Cotton Mather with this compilation of his journal entries and correspondence. The preface notes the particular significance and quality of these writings for studying Mather and his thinking, saying “He early formed the habit of placing on paper his mental processes, of examining his own spiritual condition and of measuring himself in action by standards arbitrarily imposed by his own beliefs, standards drawn from Scripture and his interpretation of what Scripture required.” Presented chronologically, this first volume covers the time from 1681 to 1709.

The Diary of Cotton Mather, vol. 2

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 860

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Gain insight into the life and thought of Cotton Mather with this compilation of his journal entries and correspondence. The preface notes the particular significance and quality of these writings for studying Mather and his thinking, saying “He early formed the habit of placing on paper his mental processes, of examining his own spiritual condition and of measuring himself in action by standards arbitrarily imposed by his own beliefs, standards drawn from Scripture and his interpretation of what Scripture required.” Presented chronologically, this second volume covers the time from 1709 to 1724.

The Christian Philosopher: Collection of the Best Discoveries in Nature with Religious Improvements

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: Middlesex Bookstore
  • Publication Date: 1815
  • Pages: 324

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This group of essays by Cotton Mather provides the first American collection of scientific knowledge. Mather sets out to “demonstrate that philosophy is no enemy, but a very great incentive to religion.” This review of various areas of scientific knowledge is presented within a framework of his Christian theology, revealing Mather’s belief that natural philosophy (or science) and religion need not be in opposition, but rather work together, fostering greater devotion.

Essays to Do Good, Addressed to All Christians

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: George Burder
  • Publication Date: 1808
  • Pages: 167

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This volume contains essays by Puritan preacher and prolific author, Cotton Mather, first published in Boston, 1710. In this set of essays Mather proposes methods of doing good in a corrupt world, with suggestions to this end for ministers and laymen of all manner of professions.

The Wonders of the Invisible World: Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New England

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: John Russell Smith
  • Publication Date: 1862
  • Pages: 291

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Contrary to nearly all of those involved in the Salem Witch Trials, Cotton Mather admitted no guilt for his role in the Salem Witch Trials in later years. In this volume, originally published in 1693, Mather presents a defense of the trials. The volume contains a variety of texts including accounts of several specific trials, sermons, abstracts from other authors, descriptions of the conditions of the colony, and a defense of the use of spectral evidence.

The Negro Christianized: An Essay to Excite and Assist that Good Work, the Instruction of Negro-Servants in Christianity

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: B. Green
  • Publication Date: 1706
  • Pages: 33

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This pamphlet was written by Puritan preacher Cotton Mather and distributed among his congregation at the Old North Church in New England and beyond. A slave owner himself, Mather instructs that slaves be taught Christian doctrine, laying out why and providing catechisms for instructional purposes.

Theopolis Americana: An Essay on the Golden Street of the Holy City

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: B. Green
  • Publication Date: 1710
  • Pages: 39

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This volume is formed from a sermon delivered by Puritan leader Cotton Mather to the Massachusetts General Assembly in 1709. It consists of an extensive interpretation of Revelation 21:21 in which he provides “A testimony against the corruptions of the market place. With some good hopes of better things to be yet seen in the American world.”

Corderius Americanus: An Essay upon the Good Education of Children

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: Dutton & Wentworth
  • Publication Date: 1828
  • Pages: 32

Corderius Americanus contains an address given by Puritan leader Cotton Mather in 1708 at the funeral of Ezekiel Cheever, principal of the Latin School in Boston, and Mather’s former teacher. It also includes a selection of poems by Cheever. This volume gives a taste of Mather’s oratory style as well as insight into early American education.

A Poem and an Elegy

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: The Club of Odd Volumes
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Pages: 77

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This volume presents examples of early American poetry with two rare works of Puritan preacher Cotton Mather. This volume contains Mather’s poem on Urian Oakes and his elegy for Nathanael Collins, both New England ministers.

Hannah Swanton, the Casco Captive: The Catholic Religion in Canada and Its Influence on the Indians in Maine

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: Massachusetts Sabbath School Society
  • Publication Date: 1839
  • Pages: 67

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This volume presents selections from Cotton Mather’s Magnalia Christi Americana to give an account of Massachusetts woman Hannah Swanton (or Duston) who was taken captive by Abenaki Native Americans. The narrative’s telling by Puritan leader Mather provides insight into the cultural and religious landscape of Puritan New England.

Magnalia Christi Americana: The Ecclesiastical History of New England, vol. 1

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: Silas Andrus & Son
  • Publication Date: 1853
  • Pages: 626

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Puritan leader and prolific author Cotton Mather’s most widely-read work, the Magnalia Christi Americana presents a history of religious development in New England from 1620 to 1698. It provides biographies of eminent people, an account of the founding of Harvard University, accounts of New England churches, and much more. This volume contains the first portion of the work’s seven books which were split into two volumes.

Magnalia Christi Americana: The Ecclesiastical History of New England, vol. 2

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Publisher: Silas Andrus & Son
  • Publication Date: 1858
  • Pages: 682

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Puritan leader and prolific author Cotton Mather’s most widely-read work, the Magnalia Christi Americana presents a history of religious development in New England from 1620 to 1698. It provides biographies of eminent people, an account of the founding of Harvard University, accounts of New England churches, and much more. This volume contains the second portion of the work’s seven books which were split into two volumes.

Some Lost Works of Cotton Mather

  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • Editor: George Lyman Kittredge
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 74

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This volume compiles a series of Puritan leader Cotton Mather’s tracts and letters regarding inoculation, of which Mather was an important early proponent. These texts provide important historical insight into this “subject of uncommon significance, both in New England history and in the annals of medical science.”

Cotton Mather, the Puritan Priest

  • Author: Barrett Wendell
  • Publisher: Dodd, Mead, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 347

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In this classic biography, Barrett Wendel provides insight into the life, thought, and world of Puritan leader and prolific author, Cotton Mather. Working chronologically through his life, Wendell describes his object as being to “tell what manner of man [Mather] was, what manner of world he lived in, [and] why—with all the oddities and failings that are to us so grotesque—he seems well worth remembering.”

About Cotton Mather

Cotton Mather (1663–1728) was an American Puritan minister and author who exerted important religious, social, scientific, and political influence in late seventeenth- and early-sixteenth-century New England. Mather is remembered as a prolific author—writing over 450 books and pamphlets, as well as early proponent of inoculation. Mather also played a role in the Salem Witch Trials, about which he remained unrepentant throughout his life. The extent to which he was involved, as well as the effects of his actions are questions still controversial among historians.