Lot 114 of 541:
History of the British Plantations in America, 1738  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$300
Estimate:
$500 - $800

Title:
History of the British Plantations in America, Part I [all published], Containing the History of Virginia, with Remarks on the Trade and Commerce of That Colony.
Author:
Keith, Sir William
Place:
London
Publisher:
Printed at the Expense of the Society for the Encouragement of Learning, by S. Richardson
Date:
[1738]
Description:

[6], 187, [1] pp. Engraved title vignette repeated on verso of the final leaf, ornamental tailpiece. (4to) 24x19 cm (9½x7½"), bound in modern brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine. First Edition.

The only completed part of a projected series, truncated by a financial failure that would see its author (a one-time Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania) die in debtor's prison two years after the book was published. With the bookplate of Lord Stamp of Shortlands. Laid in is a period handwritten manuscript leaf with what appears to be some notes upon the author and the volume. This copy lacks the maps.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Wear and soiling to binding, rubbing to extremities, numerous scuffs and indentations to cloth, bumps to corners and edges; lacking both maps issued with volume, some pencil marginalia, some dampstaining and toning to page margins, light foxing; very good.
 
Item number:
274215
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