THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE INDIAN NATIONS OF CANADA, WHICH ARE DEPENDENT ON THE PROVINCE OF NEW-YORK IN AMERICA, AND ARE THE BARRIER BETWEEN THE ENGLISH AND FRENCH IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD
by Colden, Cadwallader
London: Printed for T. Osborne, 1747. xvi,,90,iv,91-204,283,pp. plus folding frontispiece map. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Light chipping and small repairs to spine. Bookplate of Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive on front pastedown. Faint tideline to bottom corner of about half the text. Good plus. For decades, the only reliable colonial history of the Iroquois, and one which colored British and American policy throughout the 18th century. Lawrence Wroth says this was "almost the only book in English that pretended to give anything beyond the most general information about the manners and customs, history and organization of that confederacy of Indians...." Wroth goes on for several more pages in praise of the book. The first edition was issued in New York in 1727. Streeter notes that only ten copies of this earlier edition are known. This second edition is vastly expanded, the whole second part being made up of Colden's PAPERS RELATING TO THE INDIAN TRADE, originally issued in New York in 1724. According to Wroth, about 300 copies of this edition were issued before the substitution of the titlepage with a later date. The map is entitled "A Map of the Country of the Five Nations, belonging to the Province of New York, and of the Lakes near which the Nations of Far Indians live, with part of Canada." A crucial work. With the bookplate of Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive, who is credited with securing India, and the vast wealth that followed, for the British Crown. STREETER SALE 868. VAIL 435. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 747/38. SABIN 14273. WROTH, AMERICAN BOOKSHELF, pp.91-95. HOWES C560. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 832.
(Inventory #: WRCAM50525)
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