Douglass, William. A Summary, Historical and Political, of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North-America. Containing Vol I. I. Some General Account of Ancient and Modern Colonies, the Granting and Settling of the British Continent and West-India Island Colonies, with Some Transient Remarks Concerning the Adjoining French and Spanish Settlements and other Remarks of Various Natures. II. The Hudson's-Bay Company's Lodges, Furr and Skin Trade. III. Newfoundland Harbours and Cod-Fishery. IV. The Province of L'Acadie, or Nova Scotia, with the Vicissitudes of the Property and Jurisdiction Thereof, and its Present State. V. The Several Grants of Sagadahock, Province of Main, Massachusetts-Bay, and New-Plymouth, United by a New Charter in the Present Province of Massachusetts-Bay, Commonly Called New-England. Vol. II. I. The History of the Provinces and Colonies of New-Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New-York, New Jersies, Pensylvania [sic], Maryland, and Virginia, Their Several Original Settlements and Gradual Improvements, Their Boundaries, Produce and Manufactures, Trade and Navigation, Laws and Government. II. Their Natural History, Religious Sectaries, Paper Currencies, and Other Miscellanies. III. Several Medical Digressions, with a curious Dissertation on the Treatment of the Small-Pox and Inoculation. London: R. Baldwin. 1755. 8vo. 2 vols. ¹1,A4,B-2M8,2N4;¹1,A2,B-2D8. [2],iv,[4],568; [6],416p. Modern calf-backed leatherette, entry of "Kelso Library" in old hand on t.p.s; margin of first t.p. with tissue reinforcement, some foxing and light browning throughout, marginal wormhole at end of volume two. This is a reprint of the Boston edition (so stated on t.p.). Head- and tail-pieces. Lacks the map, as usual. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $550.00

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    "Douglass, William. Physician, born in East Lothian, Scotland, about 1691 ; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 21 October 1752. He came to this country in 1716, and settled in Boston in 1718. Although a skillful practitioner, he violently opposed inoculation for the prevention of smallpox. His prejudices were strong, and his language frequently intemperate. He wrote much on medical and political subjects, and proposed "a stamp duty upon all instruments used in law affairs" for revenue, but the suggestion lacked novelty. A town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, of which he was the principal owner and benefactor, bears his name. His Summary, or Historical Account of the British Settlements (1748-53, left incomplete at his death) is inaccurate, and records his private grievances as well as public affairs."[Appleton's Ency.] "Modern critics of the Summary have overlooked the fact that its author was the first to attempt this story from the viewpoint of a resident American," [Wroth, American Bookshelf, 87-91]. Douglass was a member of the Hell-Fire Club.

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