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Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive


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DOUGLASS, William. Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North-America. Boston. 1749/1753. Two volumes. [2],[vi],568; [4],416pp. In contemporary but slightly mis-matched calf bindings. Vol. 1 hinges rubbed, spine ends worn. Both volumes with bookplates and contemporary ownership inscriptions; some staining to endpapers. First two leaves of vol. 2 have had ownership inscriptions cut away, with no loss to text; contemporary ownership inscription on rear flyleaf. A very good set. case, leather label, with individual chemises[a] for each volume. HOWES D436, "b." CLARK I:226. WROTH AMERICAN BOOKSHELF, pp.87-91. SABIN 20726. EVANS 6307. NAIP w029504. With the reissue of the second volume (the original issue was dated 1751). "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." The completion and publication of the work was interrupted by Douglass' death during the outbreak of the smallpox epidemic of 1752. A work of major importance in the writing of American history. Bookseller Inventory # 52322

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