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THE PRESENT STATE OF NEW-ENGLAND - WITH THE "WINE HILLS" MAP
THE PRESENT STATE OF NEW-ENGLAND - WITH THE "WINE HILLS" MAP
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF AMBASSADOR J. WILLIAM MIDDENDORF II
THE PRESENT STATE OF NEW-ENGLAND - WITH THE "WINE HILLS" MAP

WILLIAM HUBBARD, 1677

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THE PRESENT STATE OF NEW-ENGLAND - WITH THE "WINE HILLS" MAP
William Hubbard, 1677

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HUBBARD, William. The Present State of New-England. Being a Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians in New-England, from the first planting thereof in the year 1607, to this present year 1677. London: for Tho. Parkhurst 1677.

First London edition of the most accurate of the King Philip's war narratives and "a corner-stone authority on the subject" (Howes). The extremely rare first edition, printed in Boston earlier the same year, was among the first books printed there; its map is thought to be the first map of America to have been printed in this country. The present edition, issued only three months after the Boston edition, reprints the text word for word, while correcting many of the earlier edition's typographical errors (only the 12-line Errata was not reprinted). The large woodcut map is a copy of the map in the Boston edition (both showing East and West reversed), several of the place names being misspelled, the most obvious discrepancy being the substitution of "The Wine Hills" for the "White Hills" of New Hampshire (in this instance corrected in manuscript), these errors presumably indicating that the new block was cut in England. COPIES WITH THE MAP ARE RARE. Howes H756 ("d"); Sabin 33446; Streeter sale 641. Provenance: Frank Siebert (his sale, Sotheby's New York, 21 May 1999, lot 111) – Bruce McKinney (his sale, Bonhams New York, 2 December 2010, lot 18).

Quarto (7 5/8 x 5 3/4 in, 195 x 143mm). License leaf present; title printed within double rule; RARE woodcut folding “Wine Hills” map; two woodcut initials (one map panel backed with old paper, reinforcing partially repaired 3” stub tear, some minor shaving at border, some light spots). Contemporary blind-ruled sheep (boards detached, spine chipped with repaired caps); housed in a half morocco slipcase and chemise.

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