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BRICKELL, John (c.1710-1745). The natural history of North-Carolina. With an account of the trade, manners, and customs of the Christian and Indian inhabitants. Illustrated with copper-plates, whereon are curiously engraved the map of the country, several strange beasts, birds, fishes, snakes, insects, trees, and plants. Dublin: James Carson, 1737.
BRICKELL, John (c.1710-1745). The natural history of North-Carolina. With an account of the trade, manners, and customs of the Christian and Indian inhabitants. Illustrated with copper-plates, whereon are curiously engraved the map of the country, several strange beasts, birds, fishes, snakes, insects, trees, and plants. Dublin: James Carson, 1737.

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BRICKELL, John (c.1710-1745). The natural history of North-Carolina. With an account of the trade, manners, and customs of the Christian and Indian inhabitants. Illustrated with copper-plates, whereon are curiously engraved the map of the country, several strange beasts, birds, fishes, snakes, insects, trees, and plants. Dublin: James Carson, 1737.

The first edition of this important source of information on colonial North Carolina, compiled from the author’s first-hand observations, though much plagiarized from John Lawson’s 1709 A New Voyage to Carolina. “Brickell also borrowed from multiple sources for the copperplate illustrations of animals and plants that graced his book as well as for the state map, the latter being a version of Edward Moseley's ‘A New and Correct Map of the Province of North Carolina’ (1733). Most of the bird and fish plates were taken from John Ray's Ornithology of Francis Willoughby and Historia Piscium, respectively, while many other animal plates were borrowed from Edward Topsell's The Historie of Foure-footed Beasts and The Historie of Serpents. Plant illustrations were derived from John Gerard's Herball and Nicholás Monardes's Primera y Segunda y Tercera” (Encylopedia of North Carolina, 2006, William S. Powell, editor). This copy is the variant with a four-page dedication after the title. ESTC T143839; Sabin 7800.

Octavo (187 x 121mm). Folding map, four plates (LL2 with marginal paper flaw, plates closely trimmed). Contemporary English paneled calf, spine gilt, edges gilt (joints split but boards tight); quarter morocco slipcase.

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