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Proud, Robert.  The history of Pennsylvania, in North America, from the original institution and settlement of that province, under the first proprietor and governor William Penn in 1681, till after the year 1742. Philadelphia: Zachariah Poulson, Jr., 1797-98. 8vo (21.5 cm, 8.5"). 2 vols. I: 508 pp., [1] leaf of plates (portrait). II: 373, [1], 146 p., [1] folded map.
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An important and standard late 18th-century history of Pennsylvania by a native of Yorkshire, England, who settled in Philadelphia in 1759 and remained there (here!) until his death in 1813. In addition to its standard fare (i.e., "The history of Pennsylvania, 1676–1709"; "The history of Pennsylvania, 1709–1763"; "A view of the province of Pennsylvania ... between the years 1760 and 1770"), the work's appendix includes "Certain Conditions, or concessions, agreed upon by William Penn," "The Frame of the Government of the Province of Pensilvania, 1682, 1683, 1696," "The Charter of the City of Philadelphia, 1701," and the "Journals of Christian Frederick Post, from Philadelphia to the Ohio, 1758–59."
        John James Barralet (approx. 1747–1815) supervised Alexander Lawson (1773–1846), the engraver of the William Penn portrait that serves as the frontispiece to vol. I, and James Thackara (1767–1848) was the engraver of the map in vol. II.
        Binding: Contemporary tree calf, spines divided into compartments by attractive and thoughtful gilt tooling; red leather title-labels with additional delicate gilt bordering. Volume numbers gilt to small black leather shields defined by additional modest gilt.
        Provenance: Hannah Ann Morris Buckley on fly-leaf of vol. I; signature of Sarah Wistar in top blank area of each title-page. The Morris and Wistar families were important Philadelphia families and much intermarried.

Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 460; Evans 32729, 34421; ESTC W020454; Howes P 639; Sabin 66223. Bound as above, volumes scuffed with joints outside starting to open from tops yet solid. Foxing and age-toning as would be expected, only; map in good condition. => Overall, a very nice set.  (34072)   Please RESHELVE This.


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