Boston: Rogers and Fowle, for Samuel Eliot, 1743. First Edition. One of the most important works of the First Great Awakening opposition, published in response to the highly prolific evangelist preacher George Whitefield and the religious revivalist Jonathan Edwards's "Thoughts Concerning the Revival of Religion in New England," published six months previously. Issued with a list of somewhere between 600 and 800 subscribers, including William Shirley, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (who ordered six copies), Jonathan Law, Governor of the Connecticut colony, and Richard Ward, governor of the Rhode Island colony. The Rev. John Burt of Bristol would put his name down for nine copies, while Samuel Talcott, sheriff of Hartford, ordered twelve. EVANS 5151; SABIN 12327. Octavo (20cm.); publisher's full double gilt-ruled sheep, gilt spine in six compartments, all edges stained red; xxx,18,424pp. (A8 b-c8 B-2C8 2D4, Z3 missigned Y3). Boards a bit rubbed with shallow loss at spine crown, spine label mostly missing, later (1838) ownership inscription to front free endpaper, else Very Good and sound, internally fine.