PLANTAGENET, Beauchamp. A Description of the Province of New Albion. And a Direction for Adventurers with small stock to get two for one, and good land freely... [London:] Printed in the Year 1648.
4o (177 x 132 mm). Verso of title with three woodcut emblems captioned "the Order, Medall and Riban of the Albion Knights," woodcut ornaments. (Bottom edges cropped, just shaving imprint on title, catchwords, signatures and lowermost lines of text.) Red morocco, spine titled in gilt, gilt turn-ins, edges gilt, by Riviere & Co. (upper cover nearly detached); quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Henry F. De Puy (bookplate; his sale Anderson Galleries, 19 April 1920, lot 1987, $450).
FIRST EDITION, A VERY RARE CALL FOR "ADVENTURERS" TO SETTLE IN "NEW ALBION." The last page (p. 32) has a blank space left by the printer to be filled in in manuscript, as in the Huntington and Lenox copies (the ink quite pale). A glowing description of "New Albion," a vast grant of lands made in 1632 to Sir Edmund Plowden. The work is dedicated to Plowden and others in "the hopefull Company of New Albion," bound "by indenture to bring and settle 3000 able trained men in our said severall Plantations in the said Province" (p. 3). Several chapters cite evidence for English explorers' claims to North America. The author enthusiastically recommends New Albion to new settlers, and states that he had seen and rejected the West Indies, New England and Virginia (described in some detail), before being granted lands in "North Virginia" or New Albion, specifically "the manor of Belvil"). Chapter V provides a detailed list of tools, goods and provisions needed by "each Adventurer of twenty or fifty men," with the cost of transport. On Plowden and New Albion see T.J. Scharf, History of Delaware, 1609-1888, 1:57-61). Church 488; Howes P-415 ("the vast Plantation, described as 'in North Virginia,' lay really in Delaware, New Jersey and Long Island"); Sabin 63310; Not in Streeter. VERY RARE. No copy appears in auction records since at least 1975.