3 March 2004
[BEVERLEY, Robert (c.1673-c.1722)]. The History of Virginia. London: B. and S. Tooke, F. Fayram and J. Clarke, and T. Bickerton, 1722.
4 parts in one volume, 8° (187 x 110mm). Engraved armorial frontispiece, 14 engraved plates by S. Gribelin, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials, letterpress table, 2pp. advertisement leaves. (Very occasional light spotting or browning, not affecting plates.) Contemporary tree calf gilt (joints partially split, extremities rubbed, spine chipped at head). Provenance: George Heare Brackenridge (ownership inscription dated 1813) -- Blanche MacLeish Billings (bookplate) -- C. R. G. Billings (armorial bookplate).
The second, enlarged and revised edition of Beverley's work on Virginia, comprising a history of the first settlement and its government, a description of its natural resources and the 'Native Indians', and an appraisal of 'The present State of the Country ... the Polity of the Government, and the Improvements of the Land.' With 14 'fine engravings' (Sabin) by Gribelin, copied from De Bry's Latin edition of Hariot's Admiranda Narratio. The preface was rewritten for this edition; the author's name appears on p. 72. Sabin 5113.
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