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Histoire de la Virginie
(BEVERLEY, Robert). Histoire de la Virginie; contenant, I L'Histoire du premier etablissement dans la Virginie, & de son gouvernement jusques- à present. II. Les productions naturelles & les commodités du païs, avant que les Anglois y négociassent, & l'améliorassent. III. La religion, les loix, & les coûtumes des Indiens naturels, tant dans la guerre, que dans la Paix. IV. L'Etat present du Païs, tant à l'égard de la police, que de l'amerlioration du païs. Par un auteur natif & habitant du païs. Traduite de l'Anglois. Imprimé à Orléans & se vend a Paris, chez Pierre Ribou, 1707.
Sm.8vo. Contemporary calf, spine richly gilt in compartments and with red morocco title label to spine (1 hinge cracked but firmly holding; extrimities of spine sl. dam.). With engraved frontispiece depicting a sailing ship, folding table, and 14 engraved plates. (8), 416, (18) pp.
First French edition; first published in English The history and present state of Virginia. London, 1705; contemporary owner's signature to the title page. - '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 p 55). Beverley's style is easy, unsophisticated, and pleasing, and his work is most useful for the period following the Restoration (Church 821). This work affords the most vivid, comprehensive, instructive, and entertaining picture of Virginia at the date of his writing that is to be found (Sabin 5117). The book served to attract many immigrants to Virginia. The fine engravings are based on engravings from De Bry's Grand Voyages. - Slightly age-browned otherwise fine.
Sabin 5115; European-Americana V, p.90.
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