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A Collection of Original Papers Relative to the History of the Colony of Massachusets-Bay. [Massachusetts]
Boston, New-England: Thomas and John Fleet, 1769. First Edition. Full-Leather. Very Good/No Jacket. First edition. Ebenezer Hazard's copy, and later his son Erskine's, with both of their names in ink on the title page. Ebenezer's name shows more oxidation, indicating that his son's name was written later, likely at the time the book was passed down to him. Boards rubbed with tiny chip from spine head, discolored patch on front board, tiny ink stamp on rear endpaper. 1769 Full-Leather. ii, 576 pp. 8vo. A^2, B^8-2O^8. Original full calf, gilt titles & rules. An important copy of a work preserving documents the originals of which are largely lost (see below). This copy belonged to Ebenezer Hazard, who compiled and published the first printed collection of American state papers in a two-volume work released in 1792. He likely used it as a primary reference, as the originals of works reproduced her would no longer have been available at the time he was compiling his work. Sabin 34069: "This collection of papers was published by Lieut.- Gov. Hutchinson, 'to support and elucidate the principal facts related in the first part of the of the History of Massachusetts Bay, and may serve as an appendix to it.' 'The author of that History was possessed of many other ancient and very curious original papers, which are irrecoverably lost by an unfortunate event sufficiently known.' (This alludes to the destruction of his papers by a mob, at the time of the Riots in Boston on account of the Stamp Act, in 1765.)' - Rich. It is sometimes erroneously bound up and lettered as Vol. III. of the 'History.' It is a necessary adjunct to Hutchinson's 'History of Massachusetts Bay'". Howes H-853. Evans 11300. "Ebenezer Hazard (1744-1817, APS 1781) was a publisher, businessman, an editor of historical documents and Postmaster-General of the United States. His two-volume work Historical Collections: Consisting of State Papers and Other Authentic Documents: Intended As Materials for An History of the United States of America (Philadelphia, 1792-1794) was the first published collection of American state papers and historical documents. His duties as surveyor-general of the post office (1777-1782) entailed extensive travel, and he took advantage of the opportunity to collect the documentary evidence and source-materials of early American history. In response to his petition to the Continental Congress on July 11, 1778, he was given permission to copy documents in the Continental archives, as well as a grant of one thousand dollars for expenses. He collected most of these materials before 1782, when he became Postmaster-General. The first two volumes entitled Historical Collections were published in Philadelphia from 1792-1794." - American Philosophical Society
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