Boston: Printed by William M'Alpine, for the Rev. Mr. Williams, of Windham, 1774. xvii, [1- Advertisement from Williams], xviii, vi [i.e., vii],8-339, [Advertisement from M'Alpine] pp. Full contemporary unlettered calf with raised spine bands, an attractive colonial binding. Lacks the free endpapers, Very Good with light occasional foxing.
"Contains a list of over seven hundred names of subscribers" [Evans]. These appear in eighteen pages. The first advertisement, from Williams, assures readers of his diligent research into the life of Blackwell, who "was predecessor to the Reverend Doctor Witherspoon, who is now president of the college in the Jerseys, and was before he was called to America, a minister of the gospel in Peasly North-Britian [sic], where Mr. Blackwell was much esteemed."
The book was almost certainly bound by William M'Alpine, and so identified from the last page, which advertises the variety of his books for sale. "As the above Books are mostly printed and bound by said M'Alpine, he is determined to sell at the lowest Prices, and will warrant all such to be neatly bound, &c." Most colonial books "carry no clue as to who may have made them... Occasionally advertisements at the backs of books contained a printed note announcing terms for binding and a binder's name. Such a note in Blackwell's Forma Sacra" is one of those few. [See, Hannah Dustin French's essay at page 46 in Lehmann- Haupt, editor, BOOKBINDING IN AMERICA. THREE ESSAYS (Portland, ME. 1941)].
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Evans 13155. ESTC W12246 [10 locations]. Item #35774