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AN HISTORICAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT OF THE PROVINCE AND COUNTRY OF PENSILVANIA; AND OF WEST-NEW-JERSEY IN AMERICA
London: Printed for, and sold by A. Baldwin, 1698.. [8],55,[13],34pp. plus folding engraved map. Contemporary ruled sheep, with 8 leaves of original printed binder's waste sheets (probably Wing G61). Minor wear along front joint, but a near pristine copy in original binding. In a cloth chemise and half morocco and cloth slipcase. Provenance: Frank T. Siebert (Sotheby's New York, May 21, 1999, lot 122); Jay Snider (bookplate). One of the first extensive promotional tracts for New Jersey and Pennsylvania, based on the author's fifteen years there, and dedicated to William Penn. An enthusiastic promoter, Thomas describes the natural products of the country and the extent of settlement which had already taken place, as well as giving a good account of the Indian tribes of the area and specimens of the Delaware Indian language. He particularly encourages poor Englishmen to move there, and gives one of the first descriptions of Philadelphia. "Thomas had lived in America for about fifteen years, and the information contained in this book is the result of his own observations and experience. It was written to induce the immigration of all who wished to better their worldly condition, and especially of the poor who might subsist in West Jersey 'without either begging or stealing.' He gives an account of the natural products of the country and the improvements already made and in progress, as well as of the modes of life among the Indians and the prevailing intercourse between them and the settlers. In the Preface the author says: 'Nor is there the least question or doubt to be made, but this Noble Spot of Earth will thrive exceedingly'" - Church. In addition to the geographic and ethnographic information it provides, Thomas' text also recognizes a nascent population boom that would sustain growth and development in the region. He writes: "Jealousie among Men is here very rare, and Barrenness among Women hardly to be heard of, nor are old Maids to be met with; for all commonly Marry before they are Twenty Years of Age, and seldom any young Married Woman but hath a Child in her Belly, or one upon her Lap." One of the most important early works on Pennsylvania, rich with descriptive information, in a fine contemporary binding. This copy sold for $40,250 at the Siebert sale in 1999. STREETER SALE 946. HOWES T167, "dd." CHURCH 778. SABIN 95395. JCB (2)II:1550. IVES 992. BAER MARYLAND 188. VAIL 280. BRADFORD 5387. BRINLEY 3102. HUNTINGTON SALE 1309. ROSENBACH 20-753. SIEBERT SALE 122 (this copy). JONES, ADVENTURES IN AMERICANA 1492-1897, 143. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 698:214. LAIRD PARK SALE 347. PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 3847.
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