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Auction 164, Lot 790

"[2 Volumes - Facsimiles] The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England & the Summer Isles - Together with the True Travels, Adventures and Observations, and a Sea Grammar", Smith, John (Capt.)

Subject: References

Period: 1907 (published)


Color: Black & White

6 x 9.3 inches
15.2 x 23.6 cm

These two facsimile volumes include three of Captain John Smith's legendary works: The Generall Historie...... (originally published in 1624), The True Travels, Adventures, and Observations... (originally published in 1630), and A Sea Grammar... (originally published in 1627). The Generall Historie... is Smith's epic tale of adventure in the New World. Always having been more than a mere history of Virginia, its stories of Pocahontas made an indelible impression on American folklore and popular belief. The True Travels... chronicles his explorations beyond the New World. A Sea Grammar... features Smith's notes on shipbuilding, how to handle a vessel, the wind and tides, and more. 13 illustrations are spread over these two volumes, among them a portrait of Pocahontas and facsimiles of each of the book's title pages and Smith's important maps of Virginia, the Summer Isles, and New England (which is decorated with a portrait of Smith). Hardbound in red cloth with gilt titles on the spine. Vol. 1 - 394 pp.; Vol. 2 - 330 pp.


Condition: B+

Contents good with some light toning and minor scattered foxing. There are a few short edge tears on the folding Virginia map. Covers have light shelf wear and minor sunning on the covers.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $210

Closed on 9/13/2017