Top Ten Books of 1709

Published:December 7, 2009 by Brendan Wolfe

Increase Mather by John van der Spriett, 1688

More than 150,000 books were published this year; in 1709, in the British colonies of North America, that number was just 31. Out of those, the historian Jill Lepore gives us her Top 10. Unsurprisingly, New Englanders, the likes of Increase Mather and his son Cotton, dominate the list. Virginia, after all, was “one of the poorest, miserablest, and worst countries in all of America.”

IMAGE: Increase Mather, 1688