PENHALLOW, Samuel (1665-1726). The History of the Wars of New-England, with the Eastern Indians, Or, A Narrative Of their continued Perfidy and Cruelty. Boston: T. Fleet for S. Gerrish and D. Henchman, 1726.
8o (158 x 95 mm). Title in rule border, woodcuts of Indian totemic signatures on L3r (p.79) and R4r (p.127). (B1, S2 and S4 in facsimile, discreet repairs to fore-edge of title-page, some corners and gutters, some edges close cropped affecting pagination, some browning and spotting.) Early 20th-century brown morocco gilt by F.P. Hathaway, Boston, all edges gilt (rebacked preserving the original spine).
"AMONG THE RAREST OF NEW ENGLAND IMPRINTS" (Field)
FIRST EDITION. The best and most authoritative contemporary account of Queen Anne's War with the Indians (1702-1725), "faithfully stating harrowing facts with no attempt made to soften the ghastly deeds" (DAB). Penhallow's account is a book long recognized as "among the rarest of New England imprints" (Field). The author, sent to New England by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, abandoned the Church to pursue the law and politics, ultimately serving as Chief Justice and Recorder of Massachusetts. VERY RARE: According to American Book Prices Current, only two complete copies of this very rare narrative have been offered at auction since 1975: the Snider copy, Christie's New York, 21 June 2005, lot 36; and the Siebert copy, Sotheby's New York, 21 May 1999, lot 138. Church 904; Evans 2796; Field 307; Howes P-201; Sabin 59654; Streeter sale II:674; Vail 351.