GENERAL HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND, From the Discovery to MDCLXXX

GENERAL HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND, From the Discovery to MDCLXXX

(Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1848).

THE FIRST TRADE EDITION, COLLATED WITH THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT, OF A VERY DETAILED AND EXTENSIVE HISTORY OF THE FIRST CENTURY OF THE ENGLISH SETTLEMENTS IN NEW ENGLAND. THIS PRINTING IS IN ITSELF VERY SCARCE AND WAS PUBLISHED HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME OVER TWO HUNDRED YEARS AFTER IT WAS WRITTEN. The author, William Hubbard, was one of the first nine graduates at Harvard College, a member of the class graduated at the first commencement ceremony in 1642. He wrote, at the order of the Colonial government (which paid him 50 pounds) this extensive History of New England, which is now thought to be derived mainly from now-lost or contemporary sources. The manuscript barely escaped destruction by fire when Gov. Hutchinson's house was mobbed in 1765, though some damage was sustained. The book was not offered publicly until it was brought to publication in 1815 by the Historical Society, published directly from that time-scarred manuscript.
Though the work includes a brief description of the earliest European discoveries in America, it is primarily a history of the period from 1620 to 1683. It includes events in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bay. There is quite an extensive amount on the native people and settler relations with them. Various "troublesome events" are mentioned, such as the poxes and pestilence of the time as well as those "caused by Roger Williams". There is a fine and early record here of the seasonal plantings, the governing affairs of the colonies, and a great deal on the land, the settlements, and the climate and weather of the early years. Item #30425

FIRST TRADE EDITION of a foundational work of American history. Thick 8vo, handsomely bound by Harcourt Bindery of Boston in full crushed honey-brown morocco in period style, the spine with raised bands gilt ruled and with a red morocco label gilt stippled and lettered, fine marbled end-leaves. 768 pp. A very handsome and beautifully preserved example of this very scarce book, the text-block solid and the paper remarkably clean, a very little amount of toning at the outermost untrimmed edges only, free of any foxing, small institutional stamp on the additions and corrections leaf, no other markings, the binding as pristine.

Price: $595.00