"NEVER WERE ANY PEOPLE POSSESSED OF A FINER COUNTRY, OR MORE HAPPILY SITUATED": 1773 HISTORY OF THE BRITISH NORTH AMERICAN COLONIES, WITH HAND-COLORED FOLDING MAP
(COLONIAL AMERICA). The History of the British Dominions in North America: from the First Discovery of that Vast Continent by Sebastian Cabot in 1497, to Its Present Glorious Establishment as Confirmed by the Late Treaty of Peace in 1763. London: for W. Strahan; and T. Beckett and Co., 1773. Two volumes bound together. Quarto, modern brown speckled calf, raised bands, red morocco spine label; pp. (12), 298, 276. $4000.
First edition of this anonymous history of Britain's North American colonies, with large folding map by Peter Bell hand-colored in outline. Attractively bound.
This anonymous account traces the history of North America from its discovery to the British colonization of America and Canada. With separate chapters on the history of New England, the Massachusetts Bay colony, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana, as well as accounts of New Britain and Nova Scotia. No title page in second volume, apparently as issued. Howes H527. Sabin 32161.
Very minor occasional spotting to text, minor discoloration to rear cover. A near-fine copy, attractively bound.