WARD, Edward (1667-1731). A Trip to New England. With a Character of the Country and People, both English and Indians. London, 1699.
2o (305 x 190 mm). Full dark green morocco gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Provenance: Herman LeRoy Edgar (bookplate); Roderick Terry (bookplate); Matt B. Jones (bookplate); Thomas W. Streeter (bookplate, his sale part II, Parke-Bernet, 19 April 1967, lot 653).
FIRST EDITION. "Bishops, Bailiffs, and Bastards, were the three Terrible Persecutions which chiefly drove our unhappy Brethren to seek their Fortunes in our Forreign Colonies. One of these Bug-bears, I confess, frighted me from the Blessings of my own dear Native Country; and forc'd me to the Fatique of a long Voyage, to escape a Scouring" (opening paragraph). "This is a scurrilous tract on New England. The writer's knowledge of the country seems to have been gained by contact with its lowest elements" (Church). Ward presents the residents of Boston in very poor light, and gives an interesting description of the geography, animals, climate, etc. In his reprint of the above work, George Parker Winship does not question that Ward has actually been to New England, but since then Howard William Trayer in his Ned Ward of Grubstreet, Cambridge, 1946 has questioned whether Ward, an English poet, travel author and tavern keeper, actually traveled to New England, and claimed that his Trip to New-England is based on secondary accounts and his vivid imagination. VERY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current no other copy has sold at auction in the past 30 years. Alden & Landis 699/226; Church 788; JCB III, p. 403; Sabin 101286; Streeter sale II:653 (this copy).