London, Printed, Philadelphia: Reprinted (vol 1); America (vol 2); (vols 3-4) New York: (Vol 1): Re-Printed by W. and T. Bradford, for John M;Gibbons; (Vol 2): Printed for the Subscribers; (Vol 3):Printed by Hodge and Shober for John M'Gibbons; (Vol 4): Printed by Shober and Loudon for John M'Gibbons and Robert Hodge, 1773-1774-1775-1775.
First American edition. The L'Estrange edition was first published in 1702. 4 vols. 8vo. Contemporary sheep, disparate labels. Rubbed, spines worn, second volume shorter, text browned, a few endpapers torn or removed. Gift inscription in first and last two volumes to Charles R. Alsop from C. and L. Whittelsey dated 1812, the second volume with signatures of Lewis Jenkins, John Bartlett, Joshua Brown and Josiah and William Carr. In two brown cloth open end cases. Rosenbach "An American Jewish Bibliography" 55, 64, 66, 67; Shipton and Mooney 12822, 13357 (noting that Evans had taken his entry from an advertisement), 14135 listing Hodge and Shober for M'Gibbons for both vols 3 and 4; Hildeburn 2892. Item #65233
A very popular text, especially in L’Estrange’s very readable translation. The printing was begun by the Bradfords and completed by Hodge and Shober and Shober and Loudon. Complete sets are uncommon. Hildeburn notes that the three New York volumes “average five hundred pages, and in that respect, as a bookseller’s venture, have no peers among the colonial books of New York” (Sketches of Printers … Colonial New York, 147).
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