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The History and Present State of Virginia, in four parts ... By a native and inhabitant of the place
London: Printed for R. Parker, 1705. 4 parts in one volume, octavo. (7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches). Engraved frontispiece, 14 engraved plates, all by Gribelin, 1 folding letterpress table. (Inner margin dampstainied, generally light but heavier to the last four leaves of the first part and the first four leaves of the second part). 19th-century red half morocco over marbled paper-covered boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second compartment, the others with simple repeat tooling in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Edward Everett's copy of the first edition of an important history of Virginia: "After John Smith, the first account of this colony, the first one penned by a native and the best contemporary record of its aboriginal tribes and of the life of its early settlers" (Howes). Beverly's history is the earliest written by a Virginian and is one of the most reliable and informative accounts of the early period. Beverly covers all aspects of life in Virginia, including produce both natural and cultivated, early plantations and history up to the time of writing. The finely executed plates are based on the engravings found in the first part of Theodore De Bry's Grand Voyages, i.e. Hariot's important work on Virginia with images based on original drawings by John White. "A valuable first hand account of conditions, written by a self consciously American observer of nature, Indians, political and social life" (Vail). This copy from the library of noted statesman Edward Everett of Massachusetts, whose political career including service in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as a term as Governor of Massachusetts and as Secretary of State under President Millard Fillmore; Everett also served for a brief time as President of Harvard University, his alma mater. Arents 456; Church 821; European Americana, 705/21; Field 122 (later edition); Howes B410; Pilling, Algonquian, p. 43; Sabin 5112; Streeter sale 2:1098; Vail 297.
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