London. 1732. Four volumes. Contemporary calf, ruled in gilt, gilt morocco labels. Moderate wear to spine ends, joints, and corners. Occasional light tanning. Very good. Item #WRCAM9871
Styled the second edition on the titlepage, but much expanded to comprise a completely different set, believed to have been edited by Samuel Whatley. The first edition, issued in 1710, was followed by an additional volume in 1713. This work, the most important collection of British treaties published through the early 18th century, covers treaties from 1495 (a treaty with Austria) to treaties concluded in 1731. Many of these treaties, published here for the first time, affected the New World and North America in fundamental ways. At least thirty of the treaties relating to America listed in Davenport's EUROPEAN TREATIES BEARING ON THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES appear here, beginning with the Hague treaty of 1596. The 1677 treaty of Charles II with the Indian Kings and Queens of Virginia is here in its second appearance in print, and the 1730 treaty between Great Britain and the Cherokees appears here for the first time. The introduction provides a history of the French King Louis XIV's inclination to break treaties. A fundamentally important collection of British treaties. SABIN 26873. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 732/102.