William Pynchon, The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption (1650)

Meritorious Price of Our Redemption

Reproduction of The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption: First book to be banned in the New England colonies.

William Pynchon, founder of Springfield, Massachusetts, was also the author of this controversial theological treatise in 1650. This work, which refuted the Puritan doctrine of atonement, was the first book to be banned in the New England colonies. The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony condemned it and ordered all copies to be publicly burned in the Boston marketplace. After being called before the General Court to answer the charges, Pynchon returned to England in 1652.

Only eight copies are known to have survived the fire, five of them currently in the United States. The 1931 reproduction held by the Clements Library was made from the copy owned by the Congregational Library of Boston.

Clements Library copy of The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption [1931 reproduction]