9 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 9,375
Estimate USD 8,000 - USD 12,000
BLOME, Richard (d. 1705). The Present State Of His Majesties Isles and Territories in America. London: Printed by H. Clark for Dolman Newman 1687.
8o (185 x 113 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of James II, 7 engraved folding maps after Robert Morden (including one large folding map of Jamaica) and engraved plate for setting sundials, 3 leaves of publisher's advertisements at end. (F1 with short marginal tear.) Contemporary English calf, spine gilt (short split to upper joint). Provenance: Francis Fulford of Fulford in the County of Devon (armorial bookplate dated 1699).
FIRST EDITION ofBlome's description of Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Carolina, New York, Northwest America, and Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, etc., accompanied by maps. "A popular but unreliable guide which did much to attract emigration to these shores" (Howes). Alden & Landis 687/14; Baer 124; Beinecke 86; Church 699; Kress 1647; Sabin 5972; Wing B3215.
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