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SMITH, John (1580--1631) - A description of New England: or the observations, and discoueries, of Captain John Smith (Admirall of that country) in the North of America, in the year of our Lord 1614

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Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 72

SMITH, John (1580--1631) - A description of New England: or the observations, and discoueries, of Captain John Smith (Admirall of that country) in the North of America, in the year of our Lord 1614

Schätzpreis
80.000 £ - 120.000 £
ca. 129.933 $ - 194.899 $
Zuschlagspreis:
47.000 £
ca. 76.335 $
Beschreibung:

A description of New England: or the observations, and discoueries, of Captain John Smith (Admirall of that country) in the North of America, in the year of our Lord 1614
London: Printed by Humfrey Lownes, for Robert Clerke, 1616. Small 4to (170 x 120 mm). With the rare folding engraved map of New England (300 x 357 mm). based on Captain Smith's surveys for the Council for New England and depicting from Maine's Penobscot Bay to Cape Cod. Modern full red morocco, gilt. Condition : contemporary notes to verso of title and first text leaf, light browning, careful repairs to upper foremargins of title, first 10 and final 4 leaves just affecting one word but with no text loss; folding map trimmed to the neat line, small hole (4 x 25 mm) to ocean at the map's center neatly repaired. Acquisition : purchased from William Reese Company (2000), $110,000 first edition of this foundation of new england cartography and the pilgrim's principal guide to their settlement of new england. Smith’s brief and heartening description of the New England coast did much to mark it out for future settlement; the work was the Pilgrims’ principal guide to their American haven. The use of the term “New England” on the title page of this book established that name for the region that until then had been called North Virginia. The “altered names” leaf, inserted between A4 and B1, records thirty new names chosen by Prince Charles to replace the mainly Indian place names of New England. All of the new names seem to have stuck except Cape James for Cape Cod." (Streeter). Recounting Smith's two visits to the New England coast in 1614 and 1615, the present title established the term "New England" years before the arrival of the Mayflower. While the book is a great rarity, so too is the map. Printed by George Low and here in the fourth state (of nine) as recorded by Sabin, Church, and Burden. A true rarity in commerce, with only the Signet-Streeter and Bute-Siebert copies appearing at auction in the last 30 years. STC 22788; Church 369 (map in the 6th state); JCB II: 113--115; Sabin 82819; Schwartz and Ehrenberg pp. 96--99, pl. 53; Streeter sale 2: 610; Streeter Beginnings 11 (map); Vail 40; Burden 187.

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 72
Auktion:
Datum:
03.12.2009
Auktionshaus:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
Großbritannien und Nordirland
info@dreweatts.com
+44 (0)20 78398880
Beschreibung:

A description of New England: or the observations, and discoueries, of Captain John Smith (Admirall of that country) in the North of America, in the year of our Lord 1614
London: Printed by Humfrey Lownes, for Robert Clerke, 1616. Small 4to (170 x 120 mm). With the rare folding engraved map of New England (300 x 357 mm). based on Captain Smith's surveys for the Council for New England and depicting from Maine's Penobscot Bay to Cape Cod. Modern full red morocco, gilt. Condition : contemporary notes to verso of title and first text leaf, light browning, careful repairs to upper foremargins of title, first 10 and final 4 leaves just affecting one word but with no text loss; folding map trimmed to the neat line, small hole (4 x 25 mm) to ocean at the map's center neatly repaired. Acquisition : purchased from William Reese Company (2000), $110,000 first edition of this foundation of new england cartography and the pilgrim's principal guide to their settlement of new england. Smith’s brief and heartening description of the New England coast did much to mark it out for future settlement; the work was the Pilgrims’ principal guide to their American haven. The use of the term “New England” on the title page of this book established that name for the region that until then had been called North Virginia. The “altered names” leaf, inserted between A4 and B1, records thirty new names chosen by Prince Charles to replace the mainly Indian place names of New England. All of the new names seem to have stuck except Cape James for Cape Cod." (Streeter). Recounting Smith's two visits to the New England coast in 1614 and 1615, the present title established the term "New England" years before the arrival of the Mayflower. While the book is a great rarity, so too is the map. Printed by George Low and here in the fourth state (of nine) as recorded by Sabin, Church, and Burden. A true rarity in commerce, with only the Signet-Streeter and Bute-Siebert copies appearing at auction in the last 30 years. STC 22788; Church 369 (map in the 6th state); JCB II: 113--115; Sabin 82819; Schwartz and Ehrenberg pp. 96--99, pl. 53; Streeter sale 2: 610; Streeter Beginnings 11 (map); Vail 40; Burden 187.

Auktionsarchiv: Los-Nr. 72
Auktion:
Datum:
03.12.2009
Auktionshaus:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
Großbritannien und Nordirland
info@dreweatts.com
+44 (0)20 78398880
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