9 December 2009
[BURKE, Edmund (1729-1797) and William BURKE (ca 1728-1798)]. An Account of the European Settlements in America. London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1757.
2 volumes, 8o (192 x 120 mm). 2 folding engraved maps. (Minor worming at our corners of first volume not affecting text.) Contemporary speckled calf (minor wear at joints and extremities). Provenance: B. North (signature on front free endpapers of each volume).
FIRST EDITION. Largely written by William Burke with substantial help from his friend Edmund Burke, their account covers the history, agriculture, trade, and politics of the colonies, as well as the customs and manners of the native peoples on the eve of the American Revolution. Decidedly pro-British in tone, their work was a popular success with six editions published by 1777. Howes B-964; Sabin 9282. (2)
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