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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 30

    SMYTH, John Ferdinand Dalziel. A Tour in the United States of America: containing an Account of the present Situation of that Country; the Population, Agriculture, Commerce, Customs, and General Officers in the America Army ... with a Description of the Indian Nations, the General Face of the Country, Mountains, Forests, Rivers ... likewise Improvements in Husbandry that may be Adopted with Great Advantage in Europe. London: G. Robinson, J. Robson and J. Sewell, 1784.

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    SMYTH, John Ferdinand Dalziel. A Tour in the United States of America: containing an Account of the present Situation of that Country; the Population, Agriculture, Commerce, Customs, and General Officers in the America Army ... with a Description of the Indian Nations, the General Face of the Country, Mountains, Forests, Rivers ... likewise Improvements in Husbandry that may be Adopted with Great Advantage in Europe. London: G. Robinson, J. Robson and J. Sewell, 1784.

    2 volumes, 8o (230 x 148 mm). (Some scattered pale spotting.) Original paper-backed blue boards, uncut (spines largely lacking, covers loose); slipcase. Provenance: Jasper Wager (inscription dated 26 November 1798 on front free endpaper).

    FIRST EDITION. Smyth was a Scot who lived in Virginia during the Revolutionary War. He traveled across the nation and recorded his impressions in this work. "The author, who was a zealous Loyalist, lost his property during the war; and his work is said to have been written to gain favor with the Government, by abusing the Americans and magnifying his own losses. He narrowly escaped hanging by the Whigs on more than one occasion, but lived to record many intersting particulars of the first days of the Revolution, together with many scandalous anecdotes relating to the public men of the time" (Lathrop Harper 143:453). Howes S-730; Sabin 85254; Streeter sale II:827. (2)


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