SMITH, William (1728-1793)
The History of the Province of New-York, from the First Discovery to the Year 1732....
1757. Quarto. (11 1/4 x 9 1/8 inches). xii,255pp. plus folding plate.
Expertly bound to style in half 18th century calf, over 18th century marble paper boards, spine simply gilt in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece.
One of the very rare large paper issues of the first edition of the first history of New York.
William Smith was a graduate of Yale, became a distinguished New York lawyer, and later justice of the province. He was involved in a number of major land litigation cases in colonial New York, and it is likely that because of this he and Holland would have become closely acquainted. A Loyalist during the Revolution, Smith moved to Canada upon its conclusion and there became a chief justice as well. This history covers the period up to 1736.
An important early history of New York. Howes rates the large paper edition a "d." This is only the second large paper copy of the work we have encountered.
Howes S703, "d" (for the large paper issue). Streeter Sale 871. Church 1023. Sabin 84566.