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Thomas Harriot
"A Brief and True Report" Virginia -Thomas Harriot- 1590 -1st Edition Original
Theodor De Bry, 1590. "A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia" -Thomas Harriot -1st Latin edition by Theodor De Bry - 1590 -Folio format - 32 x 22cm approx -Pages 3-34 plus [3] (index leaves and colophon) -Text only - Missing title page and plates -Page 3, 34, index and colphon not bound. Pages 5-32 are bound together. - Good condition overall. Stain to upper left edge of pages. Old repair to paper at bottom right corners -Beautiful coat-of-arms on title page Very rare 1st edition Latin by De Bry of this seminal work of Americana describing the first English colony in Roanoke and Virginia. The original english edition was published in 1588, but less than 10 copies of this survive, and it is therefore unobtainable to private collectors. Thomas Harriot was sent as a scientific advisor by Walter Raleigh to describe the land and peoples of Virginia during the early English attempts to colonise the region. He arrived in Roanoke and vividly described the plants, animals, resources and peoples of the area. The work was hugely influential and lead to further English expeditions and their eventual population of the East Coast of America. The work is divided into three parts -The first describes "merchantable commodities", such as silk, hemp, furs and oils - The second "Flora and Fauna of the Reigon", including fruits, fish and animals - The Third the native Algonquian tribe of the region including their housing, diet and ceremonies Rare opportunity to obtain the 1st Latin edition of this seminal work of Americana. [Attributes: First Edition]
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