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MOUNTGOMERY, Sir Robert
A Discourse Concerning the design'd Establishment Of a New Colony to the South of Carolina in the Most delightful Country of the Universe. Bound with the Appendix to a Discourse lately Publish'd Concerning the Establishment Of a New Colony in Azilia�
London n.p. 1717. London n.p.1717. First Edition. 8vo. 190x110mm. pp. [ii], 30, 3. Bound in modern marbled paper covered card. Title page a little soiled but otherwise very good. Engraved folded map entitled "A Plan Representing the Form of Setling the Districts or County Divisions in the Margravate of Azilia", missing a small (one inch) section of the margin but otherwise in excellent condition. The plan is called for by Sabin as is the three-page appendix which is present here but often absent and, indeed, was so from the only three copies of this work to have appeared at auction in the last fifty years. This is a rare, complete copy of what Sabin describes as "a very curious tract". In 1717, the Lords Proprietors of Carolina granted to Sir Robert Mountgomery a large tract of land in the southern part of the Province between the Savannah and Altamaha rivers with the intention that he should create a separate colony. Mountgomery's father James had been an earlier investor in the colonial project in Carolina and Sir Robert managed to raise the huge sum of £30,000 for his land. He proposed to use some of this land to create what he called the Margravate of Azilia, a utopian, self-sufficient community with a town at its centre (where the Margrave of Azilia would live in his palace) surrounded by aristocratic estates bordered by small farms worked by poorer farmers who would be imported from England and would also serve as soldiers, protecting Azilia from invading forces. The layout of this ideal community is charmingly illustrated in the plan. Mountgomery did not lack am … [Click Below for Full Description]
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