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"THEY DO NOT SO MUCH AS KNOW THE USE OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, THE SLOTHFUL BED, THE CHAIR, THE TABLE, POT, SPOON, ETC. HERE ARE USELESS; FOR A FEW DRY SEDGES, OR REEDS SERVE THEM FOR A BED, AND THE GROUND IS THEIR SEAT…"

SMITH, William. New Voyage to Guinea. London, 1744.

First edition, with frontispiece and five engraved plates of plants and animals, of this rare 18th century work on West Africa. $6800.

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“THAT FATAL DAY IN WHICH THE FIRST AMERICAN BLOOD WAS SPILT”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) SMITH, William. Oration in Memory of General Montgomery. Philadelphia, 1776.

First edition of the notorious February 1776 Oration by Smith, Provost of what is now the University of Pennsylvania, chosen by the Continental Congress to honor Montgomery's death at Quebec, yet surprising all by urging reconciliation with Britain, prompting John Adams to declare the Oration as "an insolent performance" and Congress withholding support for publication, forcing Smith to issue this rare first edition himself. $1800.

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