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C[HURCH], T[homas] (1674-1746). Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War which Began in the Month of June, 1675. As Also of Expeditions More lately made Against the Common Enemy, and Indian Rebels, in the Eastern Parts of New=England: With Some Account of the Divine Providence Towards Benj. Church Esqr. Boston: B. Green, 1716.
C[HURCH], T[homas] (1674-1746). Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War which Began in the Month of June, 1675. As Also of Expeditions More lately made Against the Common Enemy, and Indian Rebels, in the Eastern Parts of New=England: With Some Account of the Divine Providence Towards Benj. Church Esqr. Boston: B. Green, 1716.

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C[HURCH], T[homas] (1674-1746). Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War which Began in the Month of June, 1675. As Also of Expeditions More lately made Against the Common Enemy, and Indian Rebels, in the Eastern Parts of New=England: With Some Account of the Divine Providence Towards Benj. Church Esqr. Boston: B. Green, 1716.

4o (197 x 144 mm). (A few leaves slightly spotted.) Contemporary Boston(?) binding of speckled sheep over thin wooden boards, covers sparingly blind ruled, flat spine, old manuscript paper label (front free endpaper almost detached, front hinge broken, corners and spine with wear); red morocco solander box. Provenance: General Francis Nicholson (presentation inscription); Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (bookplate); A.S.W. Rosenbach, Catalogue 7, item 250; Herman Leroy Edgar (his sale Anderson, 22 November 1920, lot 124); James Comly McCoy (booklabel); Frank T. Siebert (his sale Sotheby's New York, 21 May 1999, lot 133).

FIRST EDITION, A PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed "For the Honourable General Nicholson" in ink on front flyleaf. A SUPERB, UNSOPHISTICATED COPY IN ITS ORIGINAL EARLY BINDING. The most vivid and informative account of King Philip's War, "A LANDMARK WORK" AND "ONE OF THE RAREST IN ITS CLASS" (Sabin). Only this and one other copy have been offered at auction since 1900.

"Of all the works relating to the events of King Philip's War, this was, perhaps, the most popular. It was compiled by Thomas Church from the notes of his father, Col. Benjamin Church, an important actor in the war" (Church). Although the account was published at a later date, Captain Church was still alive and able to verify the accuracy of his son's narrative. As he writes in a note to the reader, "I hope the reader will pass a favourable Censure upon an Old Soldier, telling of the many Ran-Counters he has had, and yet is come off alive." In addition to the events of King Philip's War, the book describes subsequent expeditions against the Indians (1690, 1692, 1696, and 1703/4) in which the elder Church served. The recipient of this copy, Sir Francis Nicholson (1660-1728) was successively Lt. Governor of New York, Virginia and Maryland, then Governor of Maryland and Virginia. After commanding the military force that captured Acadia and Port Royal, he finished his long career as Governor of South Carolina. Church 861; Evans 1800; Howes C-405 ("dd"); Sabin 12996; Vail 321. Not in Streeter.
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