New Haven: William Reese Company, 2018. 170pp. Illustrated. Cloth, stamped in gilt. New. Item #WRCAM54440
The third in a series of bibliographical works focusing on the founding of the United States. The present work highlights one hundred works on the period leading up to the American Revolution, from 1741 to 1763. It covers the French and Indian War and the westward expansion of the British colonies. The one hundred entries were selected on the basis of their historical importance, their impact at the time of publication, their representative nature in the spectrum of material on the subject, and their interest to collectors. Each entry provides commentary on the main entry and discusses related books and materials. Items include treaties, political pamphlets, official acts and laws, prints, personal narratives, Indian captivity narratives, the first histories of several states, and a number of other "firsts" for colonial America.
The work draws on some forty-five years' experience in the antiquarian book trade. Hopefully it will prove a useful guide to collectors, booksellers, and institutions with collections in the area of the French and Indian War and colonial America.