628J John Rogers (1648-1721).
The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which were to come to pass; and Jesus Christ sent and signifyed it by his angel to his servant John. And now by revelation, hath opened the mystery contained in said book unto his servant John Rogers, who hath explained the same for the edification and comfort of his church and people, after a long and dark night of apostacy; the explanation being made so plain, that the eye of every spiritual reader may see how exactly things have come to pass, as they were foretold of by the prophecy of this Book: and may see by it all things which are yet to come, not only to the end of this world, but to the finishing of the world to come.
Boston : Printed for the author, 1720. $3,100
Octavo16 x9cm. Signatures: A-B⁴ C-R⁸ S⁴ This is a first edition and is bound in contemporary full sheep.
John Rogers, is a was an outstanding early New England separatist and founder of the Rogerenes. As a dissenter he was notorious for his numerous incarcerations for his public protestations against the Congregationalists. These incitements including actively working on the sabbath, adult baptism, bringing a wheelbarrow indoors to disrupt a public meeting, which eventually let to his being declared Insane by Gouverneur Saltonstall, who jailed him in a windowless cell as a ‘treatment’ for his malady. Rogers eventually became a believer in faith healing and expecting that he could cure smallpox, traveled to an outbreak in Boston in 1721 to visit sand cure the sick. After his return to Connecticut, he died of smallpox.
The Rogerenes sect was founded in New London, Connecticut they were influenced by the Seventh Day Baptists and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and opposed to many of the views of the Puritan establishment.
Rogerenes initially held to a Seventh Day (Sunday) Sabbath, but over the years began to regard each day as equally holy. Their disdain for Sunday worship brought them into sharp conflict with their neighbors. In further contradiction they adopted, a pacifist yet disruptive stance, including war tax resistance, which further brought them the ridicule of the larger community.
Some of the Rogerenes left Connecticut and migrated to New Jersey. settling in parts of present-day Morris County. One such group settled in what is now the Landing section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey near Lake Rogerine, known as Mountain Pond in about 1700. Another, smaller group of Rogerenes in about 1734 settled on the eastern side of Schooley’s Mountain near present-day Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Evans,Nº 3557 ; ESTC System No. 006464211; ESTC Citation No. W38413.
Evans, 2172; Very rare on the market, the only copy I could locate at auction was 1924 $16 and one in 1916 $25. “The excessively rare original edition, . No copy mentioned by Sabin.” see See Sibley’s “Harvard Graduates,” III. 273–276; Sprague’s “Annals,” 1. 147.
American Antiquarian Society; Boston Public; Connecticut H. S.; Henry E. Huntington Library ; Massachusetts H. S.; New York Public;Union Theological Seminary; Library of Congress.
No copies listed outside of the US.
618J Andrew Le Mercier (1692-1763)
The church history of Geneva, in five books. Wherein the state of religion in that place before Christianity is described; and also how the Gospel was first preached there, and by whom. A catalogue of all the Bishops of Geneva, to the time of the Reformation. The state o that church in times of popery. An exact account of the blessed Reformation. The history of that church from that time to this. And lastly, several things, concerning the church-government, the discipline, the ministers and the manners of that church.
as BOUND WITH
A geographical and political account of the republick of Geneva. .. By the author of The church history of Geneva.
Boston, New-England : Sold by S. Gerrish, and other booksellers, 1732.
Boston, New-England: Printed by B. Green, and sold at the booksellers shops. 1732. $1,500
Octavo Signatures: π3A-O⁸;[title page two] A-K⁴ L⁴(-L⁴blank) This is bound in full modern sheep in the style of a New England binding of the time, (see above)
Andrew Le Mercier (1692-1764) was French-born Protestant Huguenot leader in Boston in the 18th century and author. Le Mercier was born in Normandy, France in 1692, completing clerical studies in Geneva at the then Geneva Academy in 1715 and arrived in Boston (then in the English colony of Province of Massachusetts Bay) in 1716 recruited by André Faneuil as pastor of the Boston French Church (now 24 School Street) and remained there until 1741 when the church closed. Le Mercier was graduated at Geneva, and immediately afterwards, in 1715, came to America through the influence of Andrew Faneuil, to succeed Rev. Pierre Daille as pastor of the French Protestant Church in Boston, over which he presided till his death, in 1748. He was the last of the early French Protestant Ministers in that town. The work is dedicated To the most Reverend the Pastors of the Churches of Christ in New-England, and was probably written for their benefit.
Le Mercier was a respected leader amongst the small Huguenot community that existed in New England for almost three decades.