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ABBOT, GEORGE, Archbishop of Canterbury. A Briefe Description of the whole worlde. Wherein is particularly described, all the Monarchies, Empires, and kingdomes of the same. London: T. Judson for J. Brown, 1599. 4to, 178 x 128 mm. (6 15/16 x 5 in.), modern brown speckled goatskin panelled in blind, marginal restorations to title-leaf, short marginal tear to title, upper blank fore-corners restored, 4 leaves with headlines shaved, slight soiling and darkening. FIRST EDITION, collation: A-D8 E2. 34 unnumbered leaves, floriated woodcut initial. STC 24; Alden & Landis 599/1; Sabin 21n. Copious annotations in an eighteenth-century hand (faded).
Very rare geographical world survey containing an early English account of America, published at the beginning of the English age of exploration. The last 3 chapters recount the earliest Portuguese, French, English and Spanish explorations of North and South America. STC lists 7 copies of this true first edition (a second edition by the same printers appeared in the same year). No copies appear to have been sold at auction in the past half-century.
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