Boston [MA]: J. Gill, Printer to the General Assembly, 1777. The first Fourth of July anniversary oration. First edition. 8vo.  - 37 pp. Sewn, as issued, but without the half-title. A little worn, some ink stains, scattered foxing. With several textual correction in ink, likely by the author. [Later an errata sheet was printed for some copies, including these same textual corrections]. With a contemporary ink inscription on the verso of the last leaf: "the gift of Dr. W. Gordon/ to G. Woods march 17th 1786."
Evans 15317. Rosenbach [Judaica] 69 (with full page illustration of the title page): A sermon "read at this, the first Fourth of July celebration held in America." Rev. Gordon was chaplain to the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts and wrote a four-volume history of the Revolution. Well represented in institutional libraries, uncommon in the trade. Item #64533