Antique 1806 Hardcover American Published Leather Prayer Book; SIGNED by American Patriot then Tory Peter Van Schaak. "Prayers and Offices of Devotion for Families and for Particular Persons, Upon Most Occasions", by Benjamin Jenks. HARDCOVER 1806 Websters and Skinner Stated 2nd Albany, from the 25th English Edition on Title Page. Exactly as shown in the listing scan(s). Nice Collectible early American imprint hardcover copy SIGNED BY AMERICAN PATRIOT, LATER TORY, PETER VAN SCHAAK. Nice example of an Antique early American imprint book. The prayer book was written by Benjamin Jenks, a prolific writer of Christian religious and inspiration books of the 18th Century. It is Signed numerous times by Peter van Schaack (1747--1832) an American lawyer, Revolutionary War Rebel, and then a Loyalist. On first blank endpaper he signs, "Peter Van Schaack Esq, Bought at Hudson"; on third blank endpaper, "Peter Van Schaack" (twice); on the top right of the title page, "Peter Van Schaack". Born in Kinderhook, New York, where his ancestors had been original early Dutch settlers. He studied law at Columbia University under William Smith. Van Schaack was a strong loyalist, who at first agreed with and supported the colonists' complaints. He then started to disagree with them as they became more and more radical, eventually becoming opposed to the independence direction taken by the leaders of the American Revolution. He founded his opposition in a belief that the colonies were part of the British Empire, that Parliament had the authority to pass laws, and that Britain had the right to collect taxes. He thought that every man should live their lives under the British control. He also believed that the colonies could not function without British rule and protection. He thought that the colonies needed the protection of Great Britain in order to survive. He believed that Britain's protection was best for the general good of the colonies because of Great Britain's military and economic strength. He believed that if the colonies became independent, they would fight among themselves over their new form of government, thus he did not want to risk that chance. During the Revolutionary War he opposed the war. He left the country for Great Britain in 1778, and lived there for seven years. He returned to America, and to practicing law. He died in Kinderhook, NY in September 1832. Full leather binding. Heavy use/wear to head/foot of spine and corners, approximately 1 inch by 3/4 inch piece of leather missing on front cover, Page 21 has lower third missing, foxing to front endpapers, cracked rear hinge with rear blank end papers removed, otherwise Fair Condition. NO REMAINDER MARK; NOT X-LIBRARY. NO DJ AS ISSUED. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE NOTE: Shipping will be billed to winning bidder by Last Chance Auctions in their billing for item(s). Media Mail postage is shown for shipping in the United States. Foreign winning bidders will pay postage based on their countries small/medium/large Flat Rate box postage rates & weight of the package. Other types of postage are avaible at added expense at the bidders request. A Tracking Number will be provided to buyer. Insurance is mandatory on packages over $100 USD and will be added to postage charges when applicable.
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