[Boston Massacre] The Annual Register,; or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1770. Publisher.
[Boston Massacre] The Annual Register,; or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1770
[Boston Massacre] The Annual Register,; or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1770
[Boston Massacre] The Annual Register,; or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1770
[Boston Massacre] The Annual Register,; or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1770

[Boston Massacre] The Annual Register,; or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, For the Year 1770

London: J. Dodsley, 1771. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing, octavo size, 528 pp. [of which eight contain an account of the Boston Massacre]. Near fine. Item #21112001

The Boston Massacre (known in Britain as "the Incident on King Street"), which happened on March 5, 1770, is widely credited for precipitating the Revolutionary War. A total of five Americans were killed by the British soldiers, most of whom were later acquitted of any crimes.

One of those killed, Crispus Attucks (ca. 1723-1770), is remembered as being the one of the first African-Americans to give his life in the Revolutionary War. Although records of his early years are scarce, "his father is thought to be Prince Yonger, a slave who was brought to America, while his mother is thought to be Nancy Attucks, a Natick Indian." (n.b., information and quote from the web site of Britannica.)

The section dealing with the Boston Massacre is headed "The unhappy Riot at Boston" and is reported herein with the date of March 12, a scarce five days following the event. Recounted in the form of a narrative (see pp. 211-218), it brings the events to one as though they were happening.

___DESCRIPTION: In a contemporary binding of quarter leather, the spine with a red leather spine label with gilt lettering "Annual Register 1770" and below the label the number "13" in gilt, (new) marbled paper over boards, the volume with two separately paginated sections: the first section titled "The History of Europe" and the second "Characters"; we note that at the end is a short section titled "An Account of Books for 1770"; octavo size (8 3/8" by 5 1/2"), pagination: [i-iv] v-vii (preliminaries), [1, blank] [1] 2-256, 1-256, [8, Contents pp.].

___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, gently bumped corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some light scattered foxing throughout and light soiling to the text block edges. Please note that we had a professional (name available upon request) replace the marbled papers (which had perished) and strengthen the hinges and spine; now eminently presentable and easily readable.

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Price: $500.00

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