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8vo ; 294 pages; Fine/No Jacket as issued. Exquisite. As New condition. Full Leather binding with gilt on end pages. Raised bands at spine. Silk ribbon marker, flat. An excellent gift! These stories, thematically related, are arranged chronologically from 1630 to the present day and are designed to trace, by the use of fiction and dramatize history, the rise and fall of the Puritan ethic in New York and New England. By Puritan ethic I mean that pre-occupying sense, found in certain individuals, of a mission, presumably divinely inspired, toward their fellow men.