Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1895. First Edition. Very good+ in dark green pebbled cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and with coated black end sheets. An octavo measuring 8 1/8 by 5 3/16 inches with neat professional repairs to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. The cloth is worn through to the underlying material at the lower tips of the boards. 607 pages including an index, an index of bibliography, bibliography, list of sources, addenda and text. Illustrated with a frontispiece facsimile of the earliest (1670) broadside proclamation of Thanksgiving and two fold-out facsimiles of later proclamations from Massachusetts and Connecticut respectively. Describing "the conditions leading to the adoption of the Fast and Thanksgiving system in New England, in place of the holy days of the Church of England, the circumstances under which it was developed, and the reasons for its decline." A very tight and clean copy with only a prior owner's name in ink on the second free end page. (Inventory #: TB28747)
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