1785. Item #87633
[American Academy of Arts and Sciences]. MEMOIRS OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: TO THE END OF THE YEAR MDCCLXXXIII. Vol. 1: Boston: Adams and Nourse, 1785. [i-iii] - xxxii, 568pp. +  f.errata. 4to 10 1/2" x 8 1/2". Six folding plates. Contemporary calf binding. Front and rear hinges cracked but attached. Vol. 2: pt.1 Isaiah Thomas & Ebenezer T. Andrews, 1793. [i-v]- 200. pt.2 Charlestown: Samuel Etheridge , 1804. [i-iii] - 24. - -168. Bound as one in contemporary calf. Contains 3 plates including one folding plate of a reproduction of James Winthrop's sketch of the Deighton Rock petroglyphs.Front board detached; rear hinge cracked. Ex-library copy previously owned by noted Boston physician Buckminster Brown. Text is mostly clean with some mild foxing and ink staining . First two volumes of the series published by one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country. Created during the Revolution it included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock among other luminaries. Volume 2, which includes an obituary of George Washington, published in 1804 is quite scarce. $3250.00.