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Jefferson, Thomas
Notes on the State of Virginia
1787. London. John Stockdale. 8vo. [4], 382pp. Contemporary calf, recased, spine gilt, red morocco label to spine. A couple of manuscript annotations to margins; folding map (coloured in outline) and folding table.- A very good copy of this landmark work by a Founding Father.First English edition.Notes... is Jefferson’s only book-length publication. It wasn’t, in fact, written for publication at all but rather in response to a questionnaire circulated by the secretary of the French legation in Philadelphia, François Barbé Marbois, to leading figures around the country. In response to the initial twenty-two questions Jefferson provided “compre- hensive information on the population, manners, institutions, resources, and history of all the members of the far-flung American union. No one was better equipped to assess Virginia’s circumstances and prospects, and none of the recipients of the queries in the other states produced anything comparable” (ODNB). The work is more important than just a digest of information, as Barbara Oberg has noted: Jefferson “seized the opportunity to express his ideas on religious freedom, the progress of man, race and slavery, representative government, and education.” It is unlikely he would have written with such freedom were his answers meant for the press. First printed in Paris in 1785, followed by a French translation in 1786,this 1787 edition is the first to include the large folding map. The map, by Jefferson’s father (in collaboration with Joseph Fry) was considered definitive … [Click Below for Full Description]
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