Winterbotham's Early History of the United States

    W[illiam]. Winterbotham. An Historical, Geographical, Commercial, and Philosophical View of the United States, and of the European Settlements in American and the West-Indies. London: printed for the editor, 1795.

    First edition. Complete in four octavo volumes. viii, 591; 493; 525; 415 plus fifty-four pages of appendices and [19] pages comprised of the Index, Directions to the Binder, and list of subscribers. Illustrated with several plates, tables, and seven folding maps. Hand-colored plate of tobacco plate in Volume III (the first color plate to appear in a book about America). Portrait frontispieces.

    Recent green half-bound polished calf over marbled paper boards. Gilt lettering and fillets to spines. Marbled endpapers. Occasional foxing; pages toned. Offsetting from plates. Short tear to title page of Volume IV, repaired with tape on the verso. Some folding maps with minor repairs. An attractive set, tight and sturdy. Very good.

    Reverend William Winterbotham (1763-1829), a British Baptist minister was imprisoned for expressing too-liberal views in his sermons. While in prison, he compiled this history of America and the European settlements in South America and the West Indies, illustrated with detailed maps and several delightful plates featuring the views and wildlife of the Americas.

    Howes W581, Sabin 104831.

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