3 December 2007
BYFIELD, Nathaniel (1653-1733). An Account of the Late Revolution in New-England. Together With the Declaration of the Gentlemen, Merchants, and Inhabitants of Boston, and the Country Adjacent... London: Ric[hard] Chiswell, 1689.
4o (192 x 140 mm). 20 pages. Title within rule border. (A few minute marginal repairs to title.) Crimson crushed levant morocco gilt, edges gilt, by Riviere (front joint partly split, some losses along spine). Provenance: Albert Edgar Lownes (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST ANDROS TRACT. A highly significant work for the early history of New England, RECORDING ONE OF THE FIRST AMERICAN REBELLIONS AGAINST BRITISH AUTHORITY. In the spring of 1689, Sir Edmund Andros (1637-1714), the governor of Massachusetts appointed by Charles II, was overthrown as a result of his overbearing rule and attempt to tax the inhabitants; as there was no representative assembly, the colonists contended this measure was a violation of the Magna Charta. This pamphlet is intended to justify their rebellious act, and strongly states the colonists' loyalty to the British Crown. Following Byfield's text is a printing of Increase Mather's The Declaration of the Gentlemen (pp. 7-19). Page 20 prints the letter to Andros, signed in type by prominent Boston citizens, demanding the surrender of the government "otherwise we are assured they will endeavour the taking of the Fortification by storm, if any opposition be made." Alden & Landis 698/28; Church 708; Sabin 9708; Wing B-6379.
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