Dedham, Ma. Printed for the Author, by H. Mann and J.H. Adams, 1799. 513,pp. Antique-style calf, spine tooled in gilt, gilt leather labels. Titlepage, subscriber's leaf, and two contents leaves worn at the foredge, with small tears. Even tanning. Good plus. Item #WRCAM55048
Hannah Adams is considered probably the first professional female writer in the United States, and this is her most important book. An autodidact with a thirst for knowledge and a need to bring money in for her family she set about writing, first producing a survey of various religions, and then the present history of New England. "For her SUMMARY HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND (1799), Adams undertook serious primary research, delving into state archives and old newspapers, causing serious injury to her eyesight. The material, which covers events from the sailing of the MAYFLOWER through the adoption of the Federal Constitution, is presented in a clear, straightforward manner..." - AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS. A subscribers list at the rear includes the names of several New England women. EVANS 35075. HOWES A50. SABIN 215. AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS I, p.12.