Dover: Printed for O. Crosby and J. Varney by J. Mann and J.K. Remick, 1812. Three volumes. 351; [iii]-377; 354pp., plus folding map in first volume. Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt extra, leather labels. Extremities lightly worn. Contemporary ownership inscription on front flyleaf of each volume. Very minor worming to final text leaves of first volume. Light toning and scattered foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM47750
A slightly later edition of this important work, first published in 1784. The first extensive history of New Hampshire, and "one of the most important eighteenth-century American histories," according to Streeter. The first two volumes trace the history of New Hampshire, while the third discusses the geography, natural history, society, laws, government, etc. The author was a determined antiquarian and founder of the first American historical association, the Massachusetts Historical Society. Tocqueville praised Belknap's history, saying, "The reader of Belknap will find more general ideas and more strength of thought, than are to be met with in other American historians, even to the present day" (quoted in Larned). HOWES B323. LARNED 3128 (1st ed). SABIN 18344. WHEAT & BRUN 183. REESE & OSBORN, STRUGGLE FOR NORTH AMERICA 90 (ref).