Printed by Order of the Town of Boston: London: Re-printed for E. and C. Dilly, in the Poultry; and J. Almon, in Piccadilly, 1770. 166pp. plus engraved frontispiece. 19th-century polished calf, boards with double lined fillet border, spine elaborately gilt with gilt morocco labels, gilt inner dentelles, a.e.g., by Bedford. Joints expertly repaired, some wear to extremities, small scuffs to boards. Frontispiece closely trimmed along the left edge, just touching the caption, otherwise interior is near fine. Very good overall. Item #WRCAM55891
One of two London 1770 editions, after two American printings of the same year, of one of the primary accounts of the Boston Massacre, including the frontispiece after the Henry-Pelham-Paul Revere engraving of the event. This report was drawn up by a committee consisting of James Bowdoin, Joseph Warren and Samuel Pemberton, along with the affidavits of ninety-six witnesses gathered by the committee. What began as an official investigation of the Massacre commissioned by the Boston Town Meeting eventually became the instrument of a propaganda machine seeking to keep its cause fresh in the thoughts of the populace. The massacre resulted from the resentment felt by Bostonians for the occupying British troops and the weakness of the royal governor. A group of sixty or so rioters attacked ten soldiers, and while defending themselves, some of the soldiers, without being ordered to do so, fired into the mob, resulting in five dead (including Crispus Attucks) and several injured. The troops were withdrawn from Boston and the soldiers were either found not guilty or were given minimal punishment. Much propaganda was produced, including the present work. "This minor outbreak, in which the rioters were largely at fault, was the first powerful influence in forming an outspoken anti- British public opinion and a demand for American independence" - DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN HISTORY. The frontispiece, showing the massacre in progress, is based on the famous Pelham-Revere print. A key early relation of a momentous event. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 70-5d. BRIGHAM, pp.47-53. ESTC T4121. SABIN 6740. LC, AMERICAN REVOLUTION IN DRAWINGS & PRINTS 247. REESE, REVOLUTIONARY HUNDRED 11 (ref).