New York: Printed by James Parker and a few copies are to be sold by him, and Benjamin Franklin, in Philadelphia, 1747. First edition. Folio. 124, 39, (5) pp. Complete with the three folding maps by Lewis Evans, engraved by James Turner of Boston, two with hand-colored outline on linen, the other backed with paper (and with a small missing section, approximately 1 ½ x 4 ½ inches, restored in pencil, still lacking some text); "Price bound, and Maps coloured, Three Pounds; plain and sticht only, Fifty Shillings, Proclamation Money." Text block browned, some foxing, old light tideline to one map, last few leaves with stabilized mildew staining to lower corner. A good copy in an attractive recent binding. Recently rebound in tan morocco, edges of boards framed with embossed triple-rule, centers of the boards adorned with a small gilt-ruled rectangle framed with gilt ornaments, spine with gilt ornaments and rules, and leather labels between raised bands, marbled endpapers . (9869). Item #63109
Sabin 5378. Evans 6021 ("$150"). Church 961: "A document of great historical importance, the renowned 'Elizabethtown Bill in Chancery,' in which the claims of the Proprietors against the settlers are set forth ... It is most ably drawn [by James Alexander], gives much valuable information concerning the positions taken by the different parties to the dispute, and seems to show beyond controversy that the defendants' claims were invalid." Miller "Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia Printing" 426: "The chancery bill as a whole was drawn up largely by James Alexander, Surveyor General of both East and West Jersey, and set forth the claims for jurisdiction over the Elizabethtown land grants by the Council of Proprietors of East New Jersey." Felcone "New Jersey Books," 1698-1800, 21 (pp. 21-32, a detailed description and publishing history). Streeter sale 918 ($900"): "The refusal of the Elizabethtown Associates to pay their quitrents to the proprietors led to this famous content of title to the lands west of the Arthur Kill, from the mouth of the Raritan to the mouth of the Passaic and thirty miles inland, which had been settled by New Englanders and Scots. The feudalistic dispute went on until the Revolution. This exposition of the proprietors' case by James Alexander is of great subtlety and complexity and is one of the most remarkable documents of colonial times.