Title An Historical, Geographical, Commercial, and Philosophical View of the American United States, and of the European Settlements in America and the West-Indies
Binding Tree calf
Book Condition Very good
Publisher New York Printed by Tiebout and O'Brien for John Reid 1796
Seller ID 1511
4to (5½”x 8¾”). 4 volume set. Vol. I: pp. 590; 1 engraved plate (opposite p.183); Vol. II: pp. 493; 1 engraved plate (opposite p. 397); Vol III: pp. 519; 4 engraved plates (opposite p. 138, 142, 145, 427) THE TOBACCO PLANT PLATE IS PRESENT; pagination errors: p. 48, 191, 236 and 296 misnumbered 28, 192, 218 and 294 as called for. Vol IV: pp. 516 + Index + list of subscribers + directions to the binder; 15 engraved plates (opposite p. 332; 333, 335; 342; 344, 360, 365, 371, 373, 383, 394, 397, 403, 404, 405); pagination errors: p. 295-296 and 318 misnumbered 285, 297 and 218 as called for. The set lacks the four frontis. portraits. Although the binding directions at the end of vol. IV call for a Plan of Washington, this is normally present only with the Atlas, and is not included here. All other plates and pages are present. Contemporary tree calf with red morocco spine label and a smooth spine gilt ruled into 6 panels. Written while Winterbotham (1763 - 1829) was serving a 2 year sentence in Newgate prison for political sermons on the Gunpowder Plot and on the Revolution. This book is for the most part a compilation of extracts drawn from various sources, relating the history of America, including the revolution, and provides a general description of the colonies at the time. Winterbotham also discusses the Northwest Territory, Canada, and settlements in South America and the West Indies. The book includes a series of engravings of birds, quadrupeds (including monkeys) and reptiles. Among these are important plates illustrating the West Indies’ indigenous fauna, and includes the scarce hand-colored tobacco plate (Volume III, opposite page 427) -- the first color plate to be regularly published in a book about America.Very good with light to moderate rubbing to the extremities; a contemporary hand-written index on the ffep of vol. 1 and 2; a start to the rear joint of vols. 1 and 3; chip to the rear spine head of vol. 4; tide marks to the prelims of vol. 4; bookplates removed from the front pastedowns of all 4 volumes with little paper loss, although glue residue is visible; scattered light foxing in all volumes. ESTC W12394; Howes W581; Sabin 104833. As mentioned above this set lacks the four frontis. portraits. Although the binding directions at the end of vol. IV call for a Plan of Washington, this is normally present only with the Atlas, and is not included here. All other plates and pages are present. Scarce with all four volumes and the rare tobacco plate present.