HISTORY OF MASSACHUSETTS, FROM 1764, TO JULY, 1775: WHEN GENERAL WASHINGTON TOOK COMMAND OF THE AMERICAN ARMY. Boston: Published by Richardson and Lord. J. H. A. Frost, Printer, 1822. Quarto, pp. [i-vi] vii [viii] [9] 10-414, original boards with printed paper title label, untrimmed. First edition. The first part of Bradford's three volume history of Massachusetts, followed by two parts published in 1825 and 1829 respectively, extending the history through the year 1820. A standard early Massachusetts history. This volume is a major source for Massachusetts history during this period. "The work of a gentleman, with whom New England history has been the study of a life, and who, from the official relation which he long sustained as Secretary of the Commonwealth, enjoyed peculiar advantages for its prosecution." - N. A. R., xliv. 536; xxx. I (quoted by Sabin). "The author was one of the most thorough and systematic of the earlier students of Massachusetts history. His style was clear and forcible, but without ornament. His sympathies were strong in favor of the colonial course in the Revolution... These volumes are of importance to the investigator and are a credit to the scholarship of their time" - Larned. Howes B698. Sabin 7220. Covers detached, boards worn, some scattered foxing to text block, internally very good or better. Rarely found nowadays in its original binding. (#133118).

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