1856. Item #76883
NEW YORK STATE. DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE COLONIAL HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. Albany, Weed, Parsons, 1856-1861, 1877. Large quarto. Twelve volumes, with 600 to 800 pages each. The first eight volumes contain documents compiled, transcribed, and translated by John R. Brodhead, who, "by virtue of an act of the legislature," was sent to Holland, England and France for the task. These include accounts of interactions between settlers and natives, trade and agriculture, boundaries, hostilities, etc. Fold-outs show early maps, some hand-colored, including the Indian nations. Volumes IX and X contain documents transcribed and translated in Paris by E.B. O'Callaghan, who oversaw the entire work. Volume XI is the Index, prepared by O'Callaghan. Volume XII (1877) contains documents relating to the History of the Dutch and Swedish Settlements on the Delaware River, compiled in Albany and Stockholm by B. Fernow. All are bound in brown publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. For the most part all are VG, with the exception of weak hinges and damage to spine heads in Volumes II and VIII, and the backstrip is off the Index volume. Scant, mostly light foxing in some volumes, mostly at either end of a volume (to the endpapers, blank flyleaves and, possibly, the opening and/or closing text leaves) and, sometimes, to the leaves immediately on either side of an inserted map. (The maps don't seem to be affected.) Occasionally it can be found within the text pages in small isolated sections but never throughout the entirety of any one volume. Two volumes show light dampstaining at the bottom fore-corner in the lower margin that quickly diminishes and ultimately disappears as it progresses into the bookblock. The front free endpaper of one volume has been clipped, removing approximately 1/3 of the leaf. A couple of volumes apparently have paper composed of different material because they are a different color when viewed from the exposed edges of the bookblock and where pages made of the different materials are side by side; otherwise the difference isn't really apparent or distracting.