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Boston: Printed (upon Paper Manufactured in this Country) and Sold by Edes & Gill, 1770. [56 (of 60)]pp. Leaves E3, E7, and E8 supplied in expert facsimile. 12mo. Dbd. Light foxing and soiling. Corners lightly worn. Revere engraving with slight marginal repairs, affecting a few letters of captions but not the image. Very good. In a half morocco box. This Edes & Gill almanac is most notable for its frontispiece, the first of three engraved views of Boston executed by Paul Revere. The handsome view, entitled "A Prospective View of the Town of Boston...," depicts the city on Oct. 1, 1768, when British troops landed to control rebellious sentiment. The wharves, churches, and other large public buildings are shown in some detail. Eight ships are visible in the harbor, all of which are named in the bottom margin of the view, and troops can be seen disembarking from small boats at Long Wharf. The engraving is signed "P. Revere" in the center of the lower border. This is the only metal cut signed by Revere, who was a silvermith by trade. While Brigham, with some authority, is able to ascribe other cuts to him on the basis of style, this is the only signed one. The text contains important political notices relating to impending rebellion, including a list of merchants "who audaciously continue to counteract the United Sentiments of the Body of Merchants thro'out North-America; by importing British Goods contrary to the Agreement." Also printed herein is "A New Song," which proudly proclaims, "In freedom we're born, and in freedom we'll live!" Evans mistakenly attributes 1769 as the year of publication, but a contemporary announcement cited by Brigham establishes a publication date of Feb. 22, 1770. Thus this work was issued just before the famous Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770. In April 1770, Revere issued a much larger scale view of Boston, showing the port with British troops landing. This larger print has sold for as much as $300,000. A wonderful and important view of Boston at the brink of Revolution, published about two weeks before the Boston Massacre, and the first such view executed by Revere. EVANS 11479. BRIGHAM, pp.60-62,134. DRAKE 3189. Reps, "Boston by Bostonians," in BOSTON PRINTS & PRINTMAKERS (Boston, 1973), pp.45-50.
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