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A SUMMARY, HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL, OF THE FIRST PLANTING, PROGRESSIVE IMPROVEMENTS, AND PRESENT STATE OF THE BRITISH SETTLEMENTS IN NORTH-AMERICA; WITH SOME TRANSIENT ACCOUNTS OF THE BORDERING FRENCH AND SPANISH SETTLEMENTS. No. 7 [- No. 8]
Boston: Printed and sold by Rogers and Fowle in Queen-Street, 1747. Two parts, 97-112; 113-128pp. Printed wrappers containing titlepage on front and publisher's advertisements on the rear. Stitched as issued. Some light wear and soiling. Very good. Two parts of Douglass' important work, which was published in serial fashion by Boston publishers and booksellers Rogers and Fowle. Each number was published as an irregular supplement to the AMERICAN MAGAZINE, and the whole work would eventually comprise two lengthy volumes. These two parts are interesting because they show a different form of publication for mid-18th-century colonial America, and the rearmost leaf contains ads both for newly published and imported books. "First American history of the whole country" - Howes. Douglass was a Scottish physician living in Boston. Although not a work noted for its accuracy, Wroth comments, "Modern critics of the SUMMARY have overlooked the fact that its author was the first to attempt this story from the viewpoint of a resident American...," and further quotes a contemporary critic in the MONTHLY REVIEW as finding it "a fuller and more circumstantial account of North-America, than is any where else to be met with." In his PRESENT STATE OF NORTH AMERICA (London, 1755) John Huske wrote: "There is not one Work yet published to the World in our Language that in any Degree deserves the Title of a History of North America, but Smith's HISTORY OF VIRGINIA, and Douglass's SUMMARY...And this last is only valuable for being the best Collection of facts in general, for a future Historian, that was ever made or published." An interesting peek at colonial publishing history, and a work of major importance in the writing of American history. HOWES D436. CLARK I:226. WROTH, AMERICAN BOOKSHELF, pp.87-91. SABIN 20726. ESTC W39730.
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