The First Book of Records of the Town of Southampton with Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value, Including All the Writings of the Town Clerk's Office from 1639 to 1669; Transcribed with Notes and an Introduction...(with) Volumes II - VI
Hedges, Henry P., Wm. S. Pelletreau and Edward H. Foster (compilers)

Sag Harbor, New York: John H. Hunt, Book and Job Printer, 1874. 6 Volumes of the town records & early documents concerning this New York State community on the east end of Long Island; "...transcribed with Notes and an Introduction by Wm. S. Pelletreau, and compiled by the undersigned Committee, chosen at Town Meeting, April 1st, 1873, and published at the expense of the Town, by its authority. Henry P. Hedges, Wm. S. Pelletreau, Edward H. Foster."; this is the set presented by the Town to Foster for his services rendered and in tribute to his efforts (see binding details for more on this) E. H. Foster was Clerk of Town of Southampton, N.Y. and his 'Certification' of the Resolution to print the documents acts as preface to the book proper; Volume I with xi + 177 pages, with a frontispiece woodcut illustration of The Old Pelletreau House; main text is followed by a half-title page "Patent of the Town of Southampton. Published by Authority of the Town. Sag-Harbor Printed at the Corrector Office. 1835." 12 pages, which appears to be one of the original printings, as it is letterpress and on differing paper-stock to the rest of the text (we speculate the Town still had copies available for insertion) + "Centennial Celebration at Southampton, Long Island, N.Y. July 4th, 1876. Historical Address by William S. Pelletreau. Express Print Sag Harbor, L.I. 1876" 26 pages + "A Centennial and Historical Address, Delivered at Bridgehampton, L.I. by Hon. Henry. P. Hedges, July 4th, 1876. Sag Harbor; John H. Hunt, Printer 1876" 24 pages + a iv- page "A Record of the Soldiers and Sailors, Who served in the war of the Rebellion, buried, born in, or enlisted from Bridge-Hampton, (being Election District No. 2,) Town of Southampton, Suffolk Co., N.Y." with an important genealogical and Civil War-related historical note in Foster's hand indicating "Names marked # properly belong in Southampton village; election district No. 3, as they enlisted there, most of them were born there." this volume with a useful name index at front and a couple more woodcuts of local historical homes in the text; Vol. II xi + 364 pages + x page index + (1) page "Special Index of Highways" at back, facsimiles with signatures of town worthies at front, one leaf with closed tear; Vol. III viii + 411 + xix index, endpapers detached, one leaf at preface noting "Explanation of Map" split, present (no map here - we note that the early 20th century reprint of this volume does not contain a map or this explanatory page); Vol. IV vi + 335 pages + (16) pages set in columns "List of Soldiers and Sailors...engaged in the military and naval the War of the Rebellion, from the Town of Southampton..." with alphabetically-organized names, age, regiment or vessel, when ent. service, term of enlistment, first rank, promoted rank, remarks (deaths & location of same, re-enlistments, 'colored' soldiers, transfers) with laid-in mimeograph of hymn, '...sung at the unveiling of the rock at Conscience Point (landing spot of the original settlers) June 1910..." - the title page of this Vol. also notes "...with Other Ancient Documents of Historic Value."; Vol. V xxii + a very useful ix pg. alphabetical "Index of Deeds" + 304 pgs + several folding plates of facsimile documents, maps & 7 pages of explanatory text in this Appendix - laid in is sheet of notes regarding land transfers & sales of historic interest, in Foster's hand & on his letterhead notepaper; Vol. VI (7) + 313 pages + 3 folding maps at back, this vol. having "...additional unrecorded deeds with Indexes of names and localities..."; all this group of volumes, I -VI, with much on the early history of this town, via primary sources including deeds, town records, land transfers and proclamations, military records and the formation of regiments, abstracts of documents, much more; selling arms to the Indians, first settlers, courts, union with Connecticut, East Hampton deed, Indian deed, prison built, Shinnecock Indian information, commercial and farming details, wolves, negros, town plots, more; names of Barnes, Dayton, Davis, Foster, Griffin, Howell, Jagger, Ludlam, Mulford, Needham, Pierson, Payne, Rose, Rogers, Sayre, Terry, Winthrop, Wood, more; the series goes to 1913 as the published date for Volume VI; Volumes I-III bound in full leather, nicely composed of two colors & grains, with red leather cover labels noting "Presented to E.H. Foster by the town of Southampton, N.Y." in gilt lettering, spines with gilt ornaments and red & black title labels, these three with spines darkening, drying, some chipping to edges, spine ends, some foxing to pages in these earlier volumes, still good; Vols. IV-V-VI bound in the publisher's dark reddish-brown or dark brown cloth, gilt spine titles, also with some wear, rubbing, spine ends chipped, and also in good condition; a couple of these with endpapers loose; all six volumes with the bookplate of Foster H. Corwith and first five with the inscription stating that the books were presented to E.H. Foster by the publisher as well; overall, good condition and excellent source material for early Long Island history on the east end, and especially good for being one of the compilers' copies of the set. Good (Item ID: 20884)


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