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History of North America; containing a Review of the Customs and
, 1805. 1805. [JOHNSON, RICHARD]. The History of North America; containing a Review of the Customs and Manners of the Original Inhabitants; the First Settlement of the British Colonies; and their Rise and Progress ... to the Time of their Becoming United, Free and Independent States. By the Rev. Mr. Cooper [pseud.]. Printed for Samuel Shaw, bookbinder, Lansingburgh, by Charles R. & George Webster, Albany, [1805]. 12mo. 204 p. Contemporary sheep, spine with gilt fillets but otherwise undecorated. Corner torn from E2, with loss of text, both endpapers torn, some soiling and foxing, but a very tight copy. Early American adolescent text, published by a Lansingburgh, New York, bookbinder, whose advertisement appears on the verso of the half title, along with an advertisement by the printer. The appendix contains the full text of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. While early cataloguers went to great lengths to identify the Reverend Mr. Cooper, and assigned him various given names, he was in reality Richard Johnson (1733 or 4-1793) and he wrote the text for Elizabeth Newbery, who published the first edition in 1789. See M.J.P. Weedon, "Richard Johnson and the Successors to John Newbery," The Library (1949), pp. 25-63. Some copies of Shaw's edition, presumably those issued later, contain a leaf of additional subscribers' names, printed in a different type and tipped in following leaf Independence: A Checklist, 05-01.
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