1791. Three volumes. viii,361,[lxxxiv];494;480,pp., plus folding map bound in as frontispiece in second volume. Contemporary grey and beige paper boards over birch bark, printed paper spine labels. Boards rubbed and stained, paper on second and third volume spines chipped, costing most of third volume spine label. Front boards loosening on first and second volumes. First volume very clean internally; second and third volumes with some occasional light staining and foxing. Leaf Z8 in second volume torn in foredge, touching a few letters of text. A very good set overall, untrimmed and in original condition. The first extensive history of this state "one of the most important eighteenth-century American histories," according to Streeter. The first two volumes trace the history of New Hampshire, while the third discusses the geography, natural history, society, laws, government, etc. The author was a determined antiquarian and founder of the first American historical association, the Massachusetts Historical Society. The publication of this work in different cities over an eight-year period has made complete sets difficult to obtain. Tocqueville praised Belknap's history, saying "The reader of Belknap will find more general ideas and more strength of thought, than are to be met with in other American historians, even to the present day" (quoted in Larned). In the third volume of this set the publication date appears to read "1793" in Roman numerals, but this is to be a typographic error. Howes claims that a second edition of the third volume appeared in 1793, but this is not noted by Evans, ESTC, or BAL. Evans 18344,23166,24088. Streeter Sale 715 (vol. 1 only). Sabin 18344. HOWES B323, "aa." LARNED 3128. BAL 922,928,930. WHEAT & BRUN 183.
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