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Item Description: W. Pechin, Baltimore, 1800. Book Condition: Very Good. Full Page Illustration (illustrator). Fifth american Edition.. Original brown calf with red spine label. Lacking the front flyleaf, page 40/41 lacking the lower corner with some minor loss of text. Table mis-folded. Contents foxed, with a mild damp-stain extending over the top third of the concluding pages. Boards generally rubbed and showing at the edges and corners. In a custom clamshell box of full brown niger. (Evans, C. American Bibliography, see #3702 & #3703; Minick, A.R.,: A History of Printing in Maryland, 1791-1800, #588). Full page illustration, "An eye draught of Madison's cave," facing p.22, folded table of name of Indian tribes facing p.96, and textual map of the Ohio River and its tributaries in Appendix IV, p. 53. Baltimore, Printed by W. Pechin, corner of Water & Gay Streets, 1800. Fifth American edition, with the variant title page mentioning the "Vindication." 194, 53, 21 pp. THE ONLY FULL-LENGTH BOOK WRITTEN BY THOMAS JEFFERSON DURING HIS LIFETIME, "Notes on the State of Virginia" began as a reply to a series of questions posed to the author by Francois Barbe-Marbois, the Secretary of the French legation in Philadelphia. It was first printed privately in France (in English) on May 10, 1785 in an edition of only 200 copies, and subsequently in Britain in 1787. Four American editions were printed in Philadelphia between 1794 and 1798. THE BALTIMORE EDITION IS NOTEWORTHY AS THE FIRST EDITION TO BE PRINTED IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH. IN ADDITION TO MAKING A COMPENDIUM OF GEOGRAPHICAL, BOTANICAL, AND ZOOLOGICAL FACTS ABOUT VIRGINIA, JEFFERSON DISCOURSES ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE "GOOD SOCIETY" THAT HE BELIEVED TO BE INCARNATE IN HIS BELOVED VIRGINIA. AND HE POINTEDLY TAKES ISSUE WITH THE ASSERTION MADE BY FRENCH NATURALISH GEORGES LOUIS LECLERC, COMPTE DE BUFFON, THAT NATURE, INCLUDING ALL PLANT, ANIMAL, AND HUMAN LIFE, DEGENERATES IN THE NEW WORLD COMPARED TO ITS STATE IN THE OLD WORLD. "THE VINDICATION OF THE RELIGION OF MR. JEFFERSON" PRESENTED IN APPENDIX V IS WRITTEN BY SAMUEL KNOX (1755) AND ASSERTS THAT JEFFERSON'S CONSISTENT OPPOSITION TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STATE RELIGION, AND TO RELIGIOUS REQUIREMENTS OF PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS MAKES HIM A TRUE DEFENDER OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. Bookseller Inventory # 006886

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