Boston, N.E. Printed by S. Kneeland & Green for S. Gerrish, 1736. Contemporary calf [hinges starting, spine chip], covers bordered by gilt rules. Raised spine bands, gilt-lettered 'I' stamped on spine. , xi, , 20, 104, , 254 pp. Title printed in red and black. Rear free endpaper lacking; front free endpaper clipped at the top portion. Very Good.
"With great diligence and care [Prince] prepared the material for his 'Chronological history.' His aim was to present an epitome of history in the briefest and most accurate form. A strictly chronological arrangement and the simplest form of human statement were chosen. As an introduction to the work he traced general chronology from the creation till the accession of James I. Then began the work proper-- New England chronology. Of this only a part was completed, viz.: that from the accession of James I till a few months subsequent to the landing of Winthrop and his colonists in Massachusetts Bay...Prince was one of the most accurate of compilers. He was intensely critical, though living a century before the art of criticism began generally to be applied...The quaint statement given in his preface of what he considered to be his duty as an historian in the matter of accuracy and fairness is one of the gems of early New England literature. 'The Chronological history...is the most scholarly piece of literary work wrought in America during the colonial time.'" Larned.
Volume I, which contains a List of Subscribers, was "all" [Howes] that was published; Volume II did not appear until 1755, with the title, 'Annals of New-England.' Volume I brings the Chronology to September 7, 1630.
FIRST EDITION. Howes P615aa. Larned 1010. Church 925. Evans 4068. Item #35781