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The History of the Province of New-York, from the first discovery to the year M.DCC.XXXIII. To which is annexed, a description of the country, with a short account of the inhabitants, their trade, religious and political state, and the constitution of the courts of justice in that colony
London: Printed for Thomas Wilcox, 1757. Quarto. (10 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches). 1 folding engraved plate. (Plate with expert repairs and some ink facsimile work, small expert repairs to the outer blank margins of the final leaf). Bound to style in 18th-century half russia over contemporary marbled paper-covered boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco label in the second compartment, the others with repeat decoration in gilt. A foundation stone of any collection of books on New York: the first edition of the first history of New York Smith's work is based largely on the works of Charlevoix and Colden's History of the Five Nations...., but he also drew from the journals of the Assembly and of the Legislative Council. The author was a graduate of Yale who became a distinguished New York lawyer and eventually justice of the province. A loyalist during the revolution, he moved to Canada at the war's conclusion and there became a chief justice. This history covers the period up to 1736. Smith wrote a continuation which remained in manuscript form until it was published by the New York Historical Society in 1826. 'Within the period subsequent to the English Revolution, Smith is still without a successful rival. This work ranks with Smith's Virginia and Hutchinson's Massachusetts, as one of the worthiest examples of historical literature produced in later colonial times' (Larned). Church 1023; Howes S703,"b"; Larned 1109; Sabin 84566; Streeter Sale 871
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