Auction 171, Lot 174

"[2 Volumes] The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captaine Iohn Smith, in Europe, Asia, Africke, and America...", Smith, John (Capt.)

Subject: Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1819 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.3 x 8.7 inches
13.5 x 22.1 cm

This is the first American edition of Smith's history published in Richmond, Virginia. Most notably, it contains a reproduction of his famous map entitled Virginia. According to Verner's "Smith's Virginia & its Derivatives," this map was copied from State 10 except that William Hole's imprint is missing at bottom. Included with the map are two folding plates depicting scenes of Smith's travels in North America and elsewhere, a small portrait, and coat of arms. Vol 1 (247 pp.) includes frontispiece portrait, folding map, 2 folding plates. Vol 2 (282 pp.) includes frontispiece coat of arms. Bound in original full tree calf with red label and gilt title on spine.

References: Verner (MCC-45) p. 28; cf. Burden #164.

Condition: B

The three folding plates are good to very good with some light offsetting and short binding tears in two of the plates. Text is moderately foxed as is typical with this publication. Covers have average wear with a few scuffs. The spine of volume one is cracked, the front board is detached, and the title page/frontispiece is loose.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $675

Closed on 2/6/2019