• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 215

    GORGES, Sir Ferdinando (c. 1566-1647) and others. America Painted to the Life. The true history of The Spaniards Proceedings in the Conquests of the Indians As also, Of the Original Undertakings of the Advancement of Plantations into those parts; With a perfect Relation of our English Discoveries More especially, an absolute Narrative of the North parts of America, and of the Discoveries and Plantations of our English in Virginia, New-England, and Berbadoes. Edited by the author's grandson, Ferdinando Gorges (1629-1718). London: E. Brudenell (final part printed by T.J.) for Nathaniel Brook, 1658-59.

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    GORGES, Sir Ferdinando (c. 1566-1647) and others. America Painted to the Life. The true history of The Spaniards Proceedings in the Conquests of the Indians As also, Of the Original Undertakings of the Advancement of Plantations into those parts; With a perfect Relation of our English Discoveries More especially, an absolute Narrative of the North parts of America, and of the Discoveries and Plantations of our English in Virginia, New-England, and Berbadoes. Edited by the author's grandson, Ferdinando Gorges (1629-1718). London: E. Brudenell (final part printed by T.J.) for Nathaniel Brook, 1658-59.

    4 parts in one volume, 4o (181 x 136 mm). Collation: Folding engraved allegorical frontispiece of America, showing an armed and partly dressed Indian maiden holding a cut-off human leg, cannibalistic scenes in the background, a quatrain below; A4 (1r general title in red and black, -4 blank), folding engraved map of the American continent, B-P4 (B1r drop-title A description of New England by the younger Gorges, H3r divisional title A briefe narration of the Originall Undertakings of the advancement of plantations Into the parts of America. Especially, Shewing the beginning, progress and continuance of that of New-England by Sir Ferdinando); A2 B-Z Aa-Gg4 Hh2 (A1r divisional title America Painted to the Life, B1r drop-title Wonder-working Providence of Sions Saviour. Being a Relation of the first planting in New England [by Edward Johnson (c. 1599-1672)]; A2 B-K4 (A1r divisional title America Painted to the Life. The History of the Spaniards Proceedings in America, their Conquests of the Indians, and of their Civil Wars among themselves by the younger Gorges, H3r index to the whole work, K3v publisher's advertisements). Roman and italic types, woodcut ornaments. (Marginal defect to second title, last part browned.) Contemporary English sheep, blind double fillet framing sides (rebacked). Provenance: J.T. Allen M.A., Vicar of Stradbrooks, Suffolk (his 1844 ownership inscription and genealogy of the Gorges family written on thin vellum front endleaves).
    FIRST EDITION of one of the earliest and most important English accounts of the colonization of NEW ENGLAND and in particular MAINE, whose lord-proprietorship had been granted to the elder Gorges in 1639. It contains the first description of settlements on Long Island and much original material on Cape Breton, Newfoundland and Canada, as well as on the struggles with the Indians and the French. The final account, on Spanish America, is mostly derived from Las Casas. Quite unauthorized by the younger Gorges, Nath. Brook inserted the unsold sheets of another of his publications, A History of New England 1654 [by Edward Johnson] (Wing J-771), to form the third part of this book, as if it too had been written by Sir Ferdinando. The following year, the latter's grandson took out an advertisement in Mercurius Publicus in order to denounce the injury. RARE IN FINE AND COMPLETE CONDITION. Alden & Landis 659/84; Church 559; Sabin 28020; Win G-1300-1303.


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