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The Pilgrim fathers : a journal of their coming in the Mayflower to New England, and their life and adventures there / edited, with preface and notes, by Theodore Besterman ; eight engravings by Geoffrey Wales.

Additional Title(s):

Mourt's relation.

London : Reprinted, from the rare 1622 edition, at the Golden Cockerel Press, 1939.
Physical Description:
87, [1] pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
F68 .M68 1939
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
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Title vignette.
"To the reader" (p. 11-12) signed: G. Mourt [George Morton].
"Printed by Christopher Sandford and Owen Rutter at the Golden Cockerel Press, Rolls Passage, London, E.C., and finished on the 30th day of March, 1939. The edition is limited to 300 numbered copies printed in Poliphilus type on Arnold's mould-made paper."--Verso of title page.
Originally published, London, 1622 with title: A relation or journall of the begining and proceedings of the English plantation setled at Plimoth in New England, by certaine English adventurers both merchants and others.
The main part of the narrative was probably written by William Bradford and Edward Winslow. G. Mourt (George Morton?) by whose name the relation is commonly known seems to have no other connection with it than of writing the preface and giving the book to the press. See: Young, A. Chronicles of the Pilgrim fathers, Boston, 1841, pages [109]-249.
"Certaine useful advertisments sent in a letter written by a discreete friend unto the planters in New England, at their first setting saile from Southhampton" (pages 15-18) signed: I.R. [John Robinson].
"A letter sent from New England to a friend in these parts, setting forth a briefe and true declaration of the worth of that plantation" (pages 76-80) signed: E.W. [Edward Winslow].
"Reasons and considerations touching the lawfulnesse of removing our of England into the parts of America" (pages 81-[88]) signed: R.C. [Robert Cushman].
Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press, 1921-1949, 140
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. 63 of 300. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in black quarter morocco with cream and blue decorated cloth.
Subject Terms:
Massachusetts -- History -- New Plymouth, 1620-1691.
Pilgrims (New Plymouth Colony) -- History.
Private press books -- England -- London -- Specimens.
Private press books (Publishing) -- England -- London.
Wood engravings -- 1939.
Besterman, Theodore, 1904-1976, editor.
Bradford, William, 1590-1657, author.
Cushman, Robert, 1579?-1625, contributor.
Golden Cockerel Press, publisher.
Morton, George, -1624, writer of preface.
Robinson, John, 1575?-1625, contributor.
Rutter, Owen, 1889-1944, printer.
Sandford, Christopher, printer.
Sangorski & Sutcliffe, binder.
Wales, Geoffrey, 1912-1990, engraver.
Winslow, Edward, 1595-1655, author.

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