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History of the Province of New York
1757 - SMITH, William. The History of the Province of New-York, from the First Discovery to the Year M.DCC.XXXII. To Which is Annexed a Description of the Country. London: Thomas Wilcox, 1757. WITH: Continuation of the History of New York (Collections of the New-York Historical Society). New York: J. Seymour, 1826. Two volumes. Small quarto, 19th-century three-quarter brown polished calf rebacked, tan morocco spine label, marbled boards. Continuation: tall octavo, original half buff paper over pale blue boards, paper spine label, uncut, in custom clamshell box. Housed together in custom cloth slipcase. $6000.First edition of "the first and classic history of New York" (Streeter), with early 19th-century re-engraved frontispiece view of Oswego on Lake Ontario, together with Smith's Continuation, published posthumously by the New York Historical Society.Loyalist William Smith, Justice of the province of New York, left the country after the Revolution to accept a post as Chief Justice of Lower Canada. While he had finished his history of New York nearly up to the present time, he was persuaded "by forcible reasons" to limit the first edition of his history to the year 1732. The unpublished remainder appeared for the first time in 1826, as Volume IV of the Collections of the New-York Historical Society. Smith based his landmark work, a cornerstone of colonial history, "chiefly on the Provincial Laws, the Minutes of the Council, the Journals of the General Assembly and other government records" (Sabin 84566). In this copy, the frontispiece view of Oswego is a later version, re-engraved in Albany by D. Vaughan and printed by Gavit & Duthie. Bookbinder's ticket of W.S. Barber of Brooklyn. Howes S703. Streeter 871. Faint stamp of the Long Island Historical Society on the title page.Text lightly toned, a few short tears along folds of frontispiece; scattered foxing to Continuation, outer paper hinges split, cords holding firm. Lovely copies of this seminal history. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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