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The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles: With the Names of the Adventurers, Planters, and Governours From Their First Beginning, Ano: 1584, to This Present 1624. With the Proceedings of Those Severall Colonies and the Accidents That Befell Them in All Their Journyes and Discoveries. Also the Maps and Descriptions of All Those Countryes, Their Commodities, People, Government, Customes, and Religion Yet Knowne. Divided Into Sixe Bookes

By Captaine Iohn Smith sometymes Governour in those Countryes & Admirall of New England
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London, : Printed by I.D. [John Dawson] and I.H. [John Haviland] for Michael Sparkes, 1624.
[14], 96, 105-248 p., [6] plates (4 folded) : portraits, maps ; 29 cm (fol.)
  • Largely a collected edition of his "A description of New England", "A map of Virginia", "New Englands trials", and "A true relation of such occurrences and accidents of noate as hath hapned in Virginia since the first planting of that collony, which is now resident in the south part thereof, till the last returne from thence".
  • Facing the engraved title page: portrait of the Duchess of Richmond, with inscription: "The portraiture of the illustreous Princesse Frances Duchess of Richmond and Lenox daughter of Thomas Ld. Howard of Bindon sonne of Thomas Duke of Norfok. Whose mother was Elisabeth daughter of Edward Duke of Buckingham. Anno 1623 insculptum a Guilh: Passeo Londinum."
  • Engraved title page includes a map of the east coast of North America from Cape Fear to Penobscot Bay. The portraits of King James, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth appear within it. The latter is placed above Ould Virginia, reflecting her influence over Walter Raleigh's attempted colonization. James I is shown above the more successful Jamestown settlement, and Charles I is depicted over New England, an area for which he chose a number of the place names. Title page signed: Grauen by Iohn Barra. This is the first state of the title page (see Church vol. 2, p. 937), with imprint date 1624, and Charles I still as "Carolvs Princeps."
  • "Dawson pr[inted]. )(², A-N⁴. Haviland pr[inted]. P-2I⁴"--STC.
  • First edition.
  • Entered at Stationers' Hall 12 July 1624.
  • For an account of the variations in the editions of the "Generall historie" see Norton's Literary gazette, new ser., v. 1, p. 134-135, 218-219; also Pilling, Bibl. of the Algonquian languages, 1891, p. 470-472.
  • At p. 49: Folded plate, in six compartments. "A description of part of the adventures of Cap: Smith in Virginia" and a map of "Ould virigina" in six compartments graven by Robert Vaughan and "extracted out of ye general history of Viriginia," etc. "Printed by Iames Reeve." In the second state as described in Church catalogue, vol. 2, p. 937.
  • At p. 97: folded map, with title: Virginia. Discovered and described by Captain John Smith, Grauen by William Hole. Eighth state as described in Church catalogue, vol. 2, p. 831.
  • At p. 169: folded plate, The Summer Ils. Map of Bermuda at center, surrounded by engraved illustrations emphasizing Bermuda's defensive walls, towers, and especially its artillery positions. Labels include: St. Catherins forte, Pembroks forte, Kings Castell, Southampton forte, Devonshire Redoute, St. George Towne, Warwicks forte, State House, Smiths Forte, Pagets fort, Charles Forte, Riches Mount, and The Three Bridges. In the first state as described in Church catalogue, vol. 2, p. 938.
  • At p. 203: folded map, with title: New England : the most remarqueable parts thus named by the high and mighty Prince Charles, Prince of great Britaine. With engraved portrait of John Smith in upper left corner. London Printed by Geor. Low. Simon Passeus Sculpsit. Has Smith's coat of arms without the motto. The line "Robert Clerke excudit." is partly rubbed out, but still visible. In the third state as described in Church catalogue, vol. 2, p. 854.
  • There is no sheet O, pp. 97-104, the gap being the result of dividing the manuscript between two printers, I.D. and I.H., in order to hasten the work. ... That I.D. was John Dawson is proved by the fact that a device known to be his appears on the type-printed title of the 1625 issue. I.H. was undoubtedly John Haviland who printed Smith's Sea grammar, 1627, and his Advertisements, 1631 ..."--Sabin, J. Bibliotheca Americana, no. 82824 and Edward Arber's edition of Smith's Works, 1884, p. 409.
  • Signatures: pi1 )(² A-N⁴ P-2I⁴.
  • Errata slip pasted on last leaf verso.
  • Head- and tail-pieces, initials and printed marginalia.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: A 1624 .S55: Library copy has three additional portraits bound with the volume: portrait of the Duchess of Richmond, pasted on the page facing leaf )(1 recto (identical to the one facing the engraved title page); Facing )(1 verso: Matoaka Als Rebecca Filia Potenriss Princ: Powhatani Imp: Virginiae. Aetatis suae 22. Ao. 1616. Matoaka als Rebecka daughter to the mighty Prince Powhatan Emperour of Attanougbkomouck als virginia converted and baptized in the Christian faith, and wife to the worll. Mr. Joh Rolff. Pubd. Aug. 10. 1793. by W. Richardson Castle St. Leicester Square. Facing p. 1 (i.e. B1 recto): "The portraicture of Captayne Iohn Smith Admiral of New England", and with verses below beginning "These are the lines that shew thy face...". With imprint: "Published by W. Richardson, Castle Street, Leicester Fields." Tracy W. McGregor Library, American History Collection.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: A 1624 .S55: Bound in dark green morocco, gilt tooled, gold top, by Bradstreet. Housed in a green cloth-covered clamshell box. From the libraries of John Camp Williams and William F. Kelleher. Williams' bookplate on inside front cover. Tracy W. McGregor Library, American History Collection. This copy recataloged through a generous grant from the McGregor Fund.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: F229 .S6 1624. Note, which is laid in, states that according to Frederick R. Goff, Chief Rare Books Division, Library of Congress (1953), the errata sheet and page of Pocahontas are wanting; map of Virginia is tenth state; map of New England is eighth state; and map of Summer Isles and sheet map are facsimiles. ON SHOW & TELL SHELF.
Cited in
Church, E.D. Catalogue of books relating to the discovery and early history of North and South America, entry 402
English short title catalogue, entry S111882
Pilling, J.C. Bibliography of the Iroquoian languages, p. 470-472
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), entry 22790
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, entry 82823
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