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A Description of East Florida, with a Journal, kept by John Bartram of Philadelphia, botanist to His Majesty for the Floridas; upon a journey from St. Augustine up the river St. John's, as far as the lakes
Sold by W. Nicol . and T. Jefferys, London 1769 - Half speckled calf over marbled paper-covered boards (rebacked to style) The third and by far the best edition of one of the most important 18th-century works on Florida, with significant additions and fine maps not found in the previous editions. One of only two published works by famed American botanist John Bartram. Great Britain took possession of Florida in the peace settlement of the French and Indian War in 1763, opening the region to exploration and development by the English. In the winter of 1765-66, promoter William Stork and naturalist John Bartram explored the eastern part of Florida, up the St. Johns River near present day Jacksonville. "The celebrated botanist's journal complements Stork's promotional account, and both are among the most important sources for the history of East Florida" (Streeter). Stork describes the importance of East Florida to Great Britain, especially regarding commerce and relations with the Spanish settlements. Bartram's journal is prefaced by an 8pp. "catalogue of plants that may be useful in America" [i.e. in Florida] compiled for Stork by John Ellis. The journal itself is delightful: the daily thoughts and observations of probably the greatest 18th-century American naturalist. It runs from 19th December 1765 to February 12th 1766 and includes details of the places visited and the people encountered, all interspersed with notes on the climate, the terrain, and of course the indigenous animals and plants. This edition, the rarest of the three published, is noted for the plans of St. Augustine and the Bay of Espiritu Santo and a large map of the region, all by Thomas Jefferys. The map, titled 'East Florida from Surveys made since the last Peace', depicts the major cities and waterways of Florida and is particularly notable for showing the overland route from St. Augustine to St. Mark of Apalache. The map depicts the peninsula as far north as Savannah and as far west as Pensacola. A lovely copy of one of the most important 18th-century works on Florida, significant for its contributions to travel literature, natural history, and cartography. Cumming 379 (map); De Renne I:193; Eberstadt 131:285; Howes S1042, "b"; Phillips, p. 280 (map); Sabin 92222; Servies 480; Stafleu & Cowan I, 131-132; Streeter Sale 1183 (1766 edition); Vail 600. (10 x 7 1/2 inches). 1 large engraved folding map, 2 engraved folding plans. (Short repaired tear to first map, neatly mended corner folds in first half). [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA)]
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