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Gage, Thomas (1721-1787) An Address of the Gentlemen and Principal Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, to His Excellency Governor Gage.

Auction:
2764B
Lot:
32
Sold for:
$23,370$19,000

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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 2764B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 16, 2014 10:00AM

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Gage, Thomas (1721-1787) An Address of the Gentlemen and Principal Inhabitants of the Town of Boston, to His Excellency Governor Gage. [Boston: No Printer, 1775].
The left-hand half only of this broadside, the right half torn away with only a little blank margin and some letters of the other half remaining, see ESTC W865, locating one American and one British holding only, at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the British National Archives; old folds, the top trimmed a little close, one small hole at the expense of one word where folds converge, another small hole affecting one letter, and two tiny holes in a blank area, the sheet lightly toned, with contemporary manuscript inscriptions on the verso showing through, some limited spotting, some edges slightly curled/folded, 15 1/2 x 10 in.
[Together with] another broadside, reprinting Gage's declaration of martial law] Cambridge, June 14, 1775. The following is a copy of an infamous thing handed about here yesterday, and now reprinted to satisfy the curiosity of the public, attributed to [Watertown: Benjamin Edes, 1775], headline paragraph in a single column, type rule made up of nine sections, five-line title, "By his Excellency / The Hon Thomas Gage, Esq; / Governor, and Commander in Chief, in and over his Majesty's Province of Massachusetts- / Bay, and Vice Admiral of the same: / A Proclamation., text printed in two columns, the left column in seventy-nine lines; the right in seventy-seven lines, see ESTC W17448, locating a single copy at the New York Public Library; Evans 14185; with old folds, ink inscriptions on the verso, torn at the head, with the loss of several words in the top two lines, another tear in the right column, halfway down, loss of a word, edges curled, when properly restored, actual loss of text in this area would be minimal, edges unevenly trimmed, 14 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (2)
Estimate $4,000-6,000


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Massachusetts Historical Society, martial law, Cambridge, Benjamin Edes, Governor , and Commander in Chief, Vice Admiral, Massachusetts, Watertown, New York Public Library

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