[Washington: American Historical Association, 1901]. First Edition. Important early work by Abbott Lawrence Lowell, influential scholar and educator, scion of the Lowell Family of Boston (his siblings were poet Amy Lowell and astronomer Percival Lowell); and President of Harvard University from 1909-1933. The inscription is from Ralph Lowell, Abbott's cousin and his successor as Trustee of the Lowell Institute. Octavo. Blue cloth with gilt spine titles; pp321-542; four folding charts inserted following text. Lowell family presentation inscription to front endpaper: "John Lowell from his father Ralph Lowell," dated 1946. Likely one of a few specially-bound author's copies of this work, which was originally published in the Annual Report of the American Historical Association for 1901; later (1902) issued separately by the Government Printing Office. Fine copy.