Historical Collections; Consisting of State Papers, and other Authentic Documents; Intended as Materials for an History of the United States of America.

Philadelphia: T. Dobson for the Author, MDCCXCIV [1794]. Vol. II only. 4to, iv, [1]-200, 545-640 pp. Untrimmed and much thumbed with extensive annotations in red ink and sometimes pencil to pp. 34-200. Second section partly unopened. Bound in rough boards with plain paper backstrip. A printer’s galley proof of vol. 1 with numerous manuscript corrections and annotations, roughly bound for editing (it is probable that the missing pp. 201-544 were not yet ready for inclusion). The editor makes over 250 corrections and there is a five line notation on pp. 185. He seems to have been concerned to make the printed text match more exactly the spelling and formatting of the source documents, suggesting those documents, or Hazard’s copies, were close at hand and that therefore the editor was Hazard himself, although examination of the handwriting is inconclusive. According to the D.A.B. “Hazard is entitled to great credit. He was a careful and conscientious editor and a pioneer in the collection and publication of original historical records”. The second volume contains the records of the United Colonies of New England beginning with the Articles of Confederation. An early and important work, with a great wealth of information. (Item Id: 107558)

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