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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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“A CORNERSTONE OF COLONIAL HISTORY”

SMITH, William. The History of the Province of New York. London, 1757.

First edition of “the first and classic history of New York” (Streeter), complete with copper-engraved folding frontispiece plate of Oswego (Lake Ontario) in 1755-the copy of western explorer Henry Atkinson. Finely bound by Riviere and Son. $6500.

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“A CORNERSTONE OF COLONIAL HISTORY”:
SMITH'S HISTORY OF NEW YORK

SMITH, William. History of the Province of New York. New York, 1826. Two volumes.

First edition of “the first and classic history of New York” (Streeter), with early 19th-century re-engraved frontispiece view of Oswego on Lake Ontario, together with Smith’s Continuation, published posthumously by the New York Historical Society. $6000.

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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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“A STIRRING CALL TO LIBERTY”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) SMITH, William. Sermon on the Present Situation. Philadelphia Printed: London Re-Printed, A Second Time, 1775.

First English edition, scarce second printing issued the same year as the first American edition, of Smith’s Sermon, delivered only two months after Lexington and Concord, citing loyalty to Britain while asserting “the people of this country know their rights and will not consent to a passive surrender of them.” $450.

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