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Smith, William
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140
Smith, William
Estimate
3,0005,000
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Smith, William
The History of the Province of New-York, from the First Discovery to the Year M.DCC.XXXII. 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 Thoma Wilcox, 1757

4to (10 x 7 1/2 in.; 255 x 190 mm). Engraved folding frontispiece of a view of Oswego. A fine, bright copy.  Contemporary calf; expertly rebacked with original spine laid down, boards somewhat scuffed.


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Provenance

Thomas Jones (signature on front pastedown). Acquisition:  Ursus Rare Books

Literature

Church 1023; Howes S703; Sabin 84566; Streeter 2:871

Catalogue Note

First edition of this "first and classic history of New York" (Streeter). Smith, a Loyalist, was justice of the province of New York but fled to Canada after the Revolution. He compiled his work chiefly from "the provincial Laws, the Minutes of the Council, the Journals of the General Assembly and other government records. He also acknowledges his indebtedness to Colden's History of the Five Indian Nations, and to Charlevoix" (Sabin). Although the history chronicles events only up to 1736, it contains elements that anticipated some aspects of the war of 1754–1760 (Church).

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