30 April 2008
COXE, Daniel (1640-1730). A Description of the English Province of Carolana ... As also of the great and famous river Meschacebe or Missisipi. London: Edward Symon, 1727.
8° (190 x 111mm). , 122p. Large folding engraved map. (Two short clean tears to inner section of map, light browning of text, final preface leaf with piece torn from upper margin.) Contemporary mottled calf (neatly rebacked). Provenance: H. Gore (signature on front pastedown) -- Francis Ferrand Foljambe (stamp on title).
A reissue of the 1722 first edition, with altered title-page. The author's father, Daniel Coxe (1640-1730) was a physician, natural philosopher and colonial adventurer who at one time owned one million acres of land in west New Jersey. After selling the bulk of his holdings in 1692, he shifted his interests further south, acquiring title to the province of 'Carolana' which covered the present North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana. In this pamphlet his attempts to establish settlements in opposition to the French were recounted by his son who himself lived in the area for fourteen years and explored a considerable part. Howes C-826; Sabin 17280.
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