8vo., (8 5/8 x 5 ½ inches). Errata page on verso of last text leaf (light spotting throughout, a few worm holes to lower corner of the first and last few leaves). Original full calf, both covers ruled in gilt, the spine in six compartments, with five raised bands, red morocco gilt lettering piece in one, preserved in a brown cloth slipcase (extremities worn, covers a bit scratched).
Provenance: Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription to recto of first blank: "E. M. Ruggles Bridgeport Conn."
First edition. The first general history of New Jersey, printed on a press owned by Benjamin Franklin. Parker, a Woodbridge-based printer, moved temporarily to Burlington precisely to print this work. As a resident of the colony, Parker was considered an authority on the subject. He consulted many sources that are no longer available and included quotes from many letters written by early settlers. "It has always deservedly been considered a standard work, and is still the main source of information regarding the history of West Jersey. It contains much matter illustrative of the relations which existed between New York and New Jersey" (Church). In this copy the publication date is set without commas; Felcone argues that two title pages, one with punctuation and one without, were printed simultaneously on a half sheet and bound up indiscriminately. A very nice copy of a seminal work about one of the original 13 colonies.