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Mirabilia Dei Inter Indicos


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BRAINERD, David. Mirabilia Dei Inter Indicos, or the Rise and Progress of a Remarkable Work of Grace Amongst a Number of Indians in the Provinces of New-Jersey and Pennsylvania, Justly Represented in a Journal Kept by Order of the Honourable Society (In Scotland) for Propagating Christian Knowledge. With Some General Remarks. Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by William Bradford, [1746]. viii, 253pp. Separate titlepage at page 81, but pagination is continuous. Disbound. Foxing on half title and titlepage. Small circular blindstamp (carefully smoothed down) on half title. Clean and very good. In a cloth case. Howes B-717. Evans 5748. Sabin 7340. Felcone 23. DAB II, pp. 591-92. The very rare first printing of Brainerd's journal of his experiences as a missionary among the Indians in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He preached to tribes in Kaunaumeek (a settlement in the woods between Stockbridge and Albany), and then at present day Easton, Pennsylvania, and also at Crosweeksung (now Crosswicks, New Jersey). Expelled from Yale for sympathizing with the Whitefield revival and for remarking that a college tutor had "no more grace than this chair," Brainerd was nevertheless successful as a missionary to various Indian tribes in the Massachusetts-New York border region and in New Jersey. He died at the age of twenty-nine in the home of Jonathan Edwards, whose daughter he was engaged to marry. Brainerd was subject to periods of depression, and it has been suggested that many of his emotional religious experiences among the Indians were pathological in origin. "Brainerd was a mystic of saintly character, controlled absolutely by a sense of God and duty, indifferent to any labor or risk his devotion to these entailed, yet eminently practical in his missionary program. His religious experiences, elevations and depressions of spirit, physical weakness, travels and labors, doctrinal teachings, and methods of work, are all set forth in his diary" - DAB. Brainerd's journal continued to influence missionary workers well into the 19th century. Later editions also contain Edwards' biography of Brainerd. Howes and Sabin make mention of some copies printed on "finer paper," and the present copy may well be an example of such. Though well represented in established institutional collections, copies of this work are extremely rare in commerce. Bookseller Inventory # 39258

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Title: Mirabilia Dei Inter Indicos

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Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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