Morton, Nathaniel | The first comprehensive history of Plymouth colony
New England's Memorial: Or, a brief Relation of the most Memorable and Remarkable Passages of the Providence, of God, manifested to the Planters of New-England in America. Newport: S. Southwick, 1772
8vo. List of subscribers at the rear. Contemporary calf, covers ruled in blind, spine with raised bands, upper cover detached, later red morocco lettering piece.
A New England cornerstone: the first comprehensive history of Plymouth colony
First issued in a very rare 1669 Boston edition, this third American edition was the first to be printed in Rhode Island. "Nathaniel Morton, a nephew of Governor Bradford, was secretary to the General Court of Massachusetts from 1645, thus having favorable opportunities of gathering information. The work is arranged in chronological order, and is filled with particulars of the greatest interest. The voyage of the Mayflower is given in detail, as is also the story of the landing and first settlement of the Pilgrims. The text is interspersed with several elegiac poems, epitaphs, and acrostics" (Church).
T. K. Thomas (early signatures) — Society of Mayflowers Descendants in Massachusetts (bookplate)
Alden Rhode Island 491; Church 605 (first edition); Evans 12469; Howes M851; Lowndes 1620; Leclerc 964; Sabin 51014
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