HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND Containing an Impartial Account of the Civil and Ecclesiastical Affairs of the Country to the Year of Our Lord, 1700. To Which is Added the Present State of New England... And an Appendix Containing Their Present Charter, Their Ecclesiastical Discipline, and Their Municipal-Laws

(London: For J. Clark, R. Ford, and R. Cruttenden, 1720).

RARE FIRST EDITION OF NEAL'S LANDMARK HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND WITH THE BEAUTIFUL HAND-COLOURED MAP ESPECIALLY WELL PRESERVED. The map was produced especially for this important edition. Neal's HISTORY was so well received in America that it obtained for its author an honorary degree from Harvard College. J. N. Larned had even more high praise for it: "[Neal's] work was superior to anything of the kind that preceded it...his attitude is that of one who wishes to remain impartial. He deals chiefly with political, religious, and military questions, but has an interesting chapter...describing the state of New England...His style is often sprightly and he displays a sense of humor."
Among the many interesting topics covered are the natives to New England; the treatment of the Puritans in England and how that resulted in a new English colony in America; the Pequot Wars; King Philip's War; and the Salem Witch Trials. He also discusses, to a far greater extent than one typically finds in American histories, the various political dramas taking place in England and how those affected colonials living in the New World. Item #30721

2 volumes. First edition. With the handsome handcoloured folding "New and Accurate Map" of New England, several woodcut headpieces and a number of decorated woodcut initials, the title-pages printed in red and black. 8vo, in full contemporary calf, the boards framed with double-ruled gilt, board edges gilt rolled, the spines with raised bands creating gilt tooled compartments, one compartment with brown morocco labels gilt framed and lettered. x, [2], 330; [2], 331-712, xv, [1] pp. A very good and honest set, the text-block solid and sound, the paper with a bit of uniform mellowing and some spotting occasionally as to be expected; the period calf bindings worn but still handsome, rehinged at some point incorporating most of the original spine panels that had survived.

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