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Auction 197, Lot 231

"A State of the Province of Georgia, Attested upon Oath in the Court of Savannah, November 10, 1740",

Subject: Colonial Georgia

Period: 1742 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.4 x 8.5 inches
13.7 x 21.6 cm
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This is the first separate edition of the appendix to volume 2 of William Stephens' Journal of the Proceedings in Georgia, published in 1741. William Stephens was to become the second governor of the Province of Georgia in 1743, succeeding James Oglethorpe. This volume includes a statement prepared and read by Stephens in the court of Savannah regarding the geography, climate, resources, trade, settlements, and settlers of the colony of Georgia. The statement was signed and attested to by Stephens and 17 others under oath. Stephens had prepared the statement at the behest of John Perceval, the Earl of Egmont, to counteract Patrick Talifer's criticism of Oglethorpe and the Trustees of the colony. 32 pp. Handsomely rebound in quarter calf with tips over marbled paper-covered boards and gilt titling on spine.

References: Howes #S-946; Sabin #91315.

Condition: A

An excellent example with minor edge toning and a pair of small worm holes in the bottom margin. The title page and last page of text have a bit more toning and soiling. The modern covers are in pristine condition.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 4/24/2024