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Notes on the State of Virginia


Publication Date: 1787
From G.S. MacManus Co., ABAA (Bryn Mawr, PA, U.S.A.)

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JEFFERSON, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1787. [4],382pp. plus partially colored folding map and folding table. Contemporary calf, expertly rebacked in matching style and retaining contemporary gilt spine label. Corners a bit worn, bookplate on front pastedown. Small separations at a few of the map crossfolds, some offsetting on the map. Internally very clean. A handsome copy. In a cloth chemise and slipcase, leather label. HOWES J78. SABIN 35895. VAIL 760. CLARK I:262. SOWERBY IV, pp.301- 30. ADAMS, THE EYE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON 57. The first English edition of Jefferson's famous work. This is the only book-length work by Jefferson to be published in his lifetime, and has been called "one of America's first permanent literary and intellectual landmarks." It was largely written in 1781 and first published in Paris, in French, in 1785. Written in the form of answers to questions about Virginia, the book supplies a description of the geography, with an abundance of supporting material and unusual information. As J.M. Edelstein notes: "Jefferson wrote about things which interested him deeply and about which he knew a great deal; the NOTES, therefore, throws a fascinating light on his tastes, curiosities, and political and social opinions." The handsome map which accompanies this edition (but is often lacking), based on the Fry and (Peter) Jefferson map, was not issued with the Paris editions. The story of the creation of this book and its publishing history is an interesting one. It is told fully by Millicent Sowerby in her catalogue of Jefferson's library, where it occupies some thirty pages in small type. This copy bears the contemporary ownership signature of Francis Maseres on the front free endpaper. Maseres (1731-1824) was a longtime Baron of the Exchequer, and a noted jurist and mathematician. He was attorney-general of Quebec in the late 1760s and wrote frequently on issues concerning British colonies in North America, and on the rights of British subjects in the colonies. A fine association copy. Bookseller Inventory # 51417

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Title: Notes on the State of Virginia

Publication Date: 1787

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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