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An Historical, Geographical, Commercial, and Philosophical View of the United States of America, and of the European Settlements in America and the West-Indies. In Four Volumes
New York: Tiebout and O'Brien for John Reid, 1796. First American edition [1796] of this four-volume set of this impressive history and geography of most of the Western Hemisphere, much of which was completed while Winterbotham was confined at Newgate Prison for sedition. First American edition after an earlier issue in 33 weekly installments. Includes all called-for plates except the Plan of Washington (which is usually not present) and does not include maps which were published in the exceedingly rare separate atlas. Also includes a hand colored plate of a tobacco plant, this plate with a small margin chip. Original full brown leather with black spine labels, volume numbers and the initials T.W. in gilt on each spine. Vol. I: vi, [2], 590p. + 2 plates. Vol. II: [4], 393p. + 2 plates. Vol. III: [4], 419p. + 5 plates. Vol. IV: [4], 516, [19]p. + 16 plates. Worn, with much edgewear and chipping, cracked joints, front cover of volume II detached, labels to volumes I and IV quite chipped. Text blocks sound with no loosened pages. Pages age-darkened with moderate to occasionally heavy foxing, volume II with a chipped blank near the end, volume III wtih three margin chips, volume IV with the plate of monkeys having their faces "dotted" with old blue ink. Subject matter includes each of the existing United States; the Northwest Territory; Canada; Greenland; Louisiana; Mexico; Spanish Dominions in South America (Peru, Chili, Brasil, Paraguay); Cayenne; Amazonia; Patagonia; Jamaica; Barbados; Antigua; Bermuda; Hispanola; Dominica; Grenada; Martinico and several other Caribbean islands. Also includes history of the discovery of America, the Revolution, general information for European settlers, birds, mammals and reptiles of the Americas, treaties, political alliances, and much more. In addition to the 25 plates, there are numerous statistical tables describing various aspects of the locations described. Howes W581.. First US Edition. Hard Cover. Fair. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
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