Sag Harbor, NY: John H. Hunt, Book and Job Printer, 1874. First Edition, First Printing. Disbound. title continues "Including all the Writings in the Town Clerk's Office from 1639 to 1660 ; transcribed with Notes and an Introduction by Wm. S. Pelletreau, and compiled by the Undersigned Committee, Chosen at the Town Meeting, April 1st, 1873, and published at the Expense of the Town, by its authority." Disbound - lacks original wrappers, 8vo (9 inches tall), pp. [1- publisher's notice], [1- dedication], [i]-v, [4 - blanks], [1 - introduction frontis], [i]-xi, [xii - errata], -155, [1 blank], [156 - appendix], 157-177, illustrated with two woodcuts "The Old Pelletreau House." [frontis], "The Old Sayre House." [introduction frontis] and various in-text facsimile document signatures. Volume lacks original wrappers, text is mildly toned, pp. 172-177 and 1st frontis are lacking and provided in facsimile, small tape ghosts near gutters, minor chips to some edges and a few spots of soil, else clean and unmarked. This copy having the interesting provenance of the 1874 Reporter of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire's loosely inserted card "Compliments Of John M. Shirley / State Reporter, Andover - New Hampshire" which is in good condition with minor toning and small tears. Poor. Item #2833
From the town of Southampton regarding volume 1 "More than a book of records, William S. Pelletreau's first volume of "ancient documents" contains the transcriptions of Indian deeds, patents, and other legal documents that defined the boundaries and internal governance of the original settlement. Beginning with The Disposall of the Vessell dating from 1639, the book progresses through the election of town officers, land exchanges and disputes, Indian affairs and many other legal and social matters. It concludes with land transactions of the 1660s." and "From 1874 until 1930, the Town of Southampton published eight volumes of municipal records, beginning with documents dating from 1639 and ending with the official records of 1927. The project of editing and transcribing the earliest records and documents, a painstaking process given the fact that they were handwritten and nearly illegible, was initiated by William S. Pelletreau (1840-1918), who had served as town clerk since 1861. Pelletreau and his successors Edward H. Foster, William J. Post and James A. Early were ahead of their time when they brought these public records into print; many Long Island towns followed suit, but the Town of Southampton was the first. William S. Pelletreau became a distinguished scholar of Long Island history, writing and compiling numerous books on the subject, and was buried in the North End Burial Ground in Southampton Village." southamptontownny dot gov.
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