Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 216

Price Realized: $ 625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(EARLY AMERICAN IMPRINT.) Douglass, William. A Summary, Historical and Political, of the . . . British Settlements in North-America. 2 volumes. [2], iii, [3], 568; [4], 416 pages. 8vo, contemporary unmatched calf, moderate wear, rejointed; first volume with moderate dampstaining, second volume lacking free endpapers, inked doodles on title page, minor dampstaining and wear; first volume with 1756 owner's signatures and early 20th century library markings including inked stamps on title page, second volume with unknown family's 1766-73 birth register on front pastedown. Boston: Rogers and Fowle / Daniel Fowle, 1749 and 1751 [1752]

Additional Details

First edition in book form of what Howes calls the first American history of the whole country (it was originally issued in parts beginning in 1747). Douglass was a physician from Scotland who had settled in Boston. His "Digression Concerning the Small-Pox" which concludes Volume II is a highlight; it was written after a Boston epidemic which ended in July 1752. Clark, Old South 226-2; Evans 6307, 6663; Guerra a-231; Howes D436 ("b"); Sabin 20726.