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[Prince, Thomas]
THE VADE MECUM FOR AMERICA: OR A COMPANION FOR TRADERS AND TRAVELLERS...
Boston: Printed by S. Kneeland and T. Green, 1732. [2],iv,[2],220pp. Very narrow octavo. Contemporary blindstamped speckled calf, rebacked retaining original backstrip and adding front and rear free endpapers. Minor shelfwear, corners bumped. Bookplate of Carroll Alton Means on front pastedown; remains of bookplate, later writing on rear pastedown. Titlepage trimmed at top edge, loss of inside corner of leaf 2F1 (no text affected), light uniform tanning throughout, a few contemporary ink inscriptions. Overall, very good. The second edition, after the first of the previous year, of the earliest guide to outline the routes of transit in the North American colonies from the Kennebec to Jamestown, Virginia. The first part of the work is comprised of tables of currency conversion and interest. The text then lists "Counties and Towns in New England" and "Courts in the Provinces and Colonies," including court term schedules. A section follows which lists roads and routes, with mileages, from Boston to Kennebec, Brunswick, Londonderry, Yarmouth, Northtown (Massachusetts), Springfield, Hartford via Windham, Cape Cod (with assorted directions on the Cape), Bristol and Rhode Island, Providence, New London, and New York. Also listed are routes and mileages from New York to Philadelphia, and Philadelphia to Jamestown, Virginia. At the end is a list of the "Streets, Lanes, and Alleys in the City of Boston." Thomas Prince (1687-1758) was a prominent Boston clergyman (pastor of Old South Church), historian, and bibliophile. He is perhaps best know for his monumental work, A CHRONOLOG … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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