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    Burk's History of Virginia
    Dedicated to and with the Help
    of Thomas Jefferson

    John Burk. The History of Virginia, from Its First Settlement to the Present Day. Petersburg, Virginia: Printed for the Author by Dickson & Pescud, 1804-1805, [and] M.W. Dunnavant, 1816. Dedicated to Thomas Jefferson. Fourth volume "continued by Skelton Jones and Louis Hue Girardin" after Burk's death while fighting a duel in 1808.
    Four octavo volumes. Uniformly bound in full tree calf with gilt designs and title labels on spines. Folding table in third volume listing names and locations of Native American tribes. Bindings rubbed and scuffed, spines creased vertically with some cracking, minor loss at head and foot, joints cracking; hinges reinforced with early paper, "Virginia Historical Society" ink stamps on each title page and few in lower margins of text pages, holograph pencil library withdrawn statement on verso of all four title pages, holograph annotations and markings on endpapers, few edge tears, minor paper loss not affecting text, creasing, foxing, some browning, occasional soiling; otherwise in good condition.
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    "This work, of which the first three volumes were written by Burk, was continued after his death, in 1808, by Skelton Jones and Louis Hue Girardin, the latter of whom seems to have been most actively engaged in the work. Much of the matter for Volume 4, which relates to the Revolution, was supplied by Thomas Jefferson, of whom Girardin was a great admirer, and in whose praise he sometimes approaches the ludicrous."

    "Complete sets are scarce, as the greater portion of Volume 4 was destroyed in a fire."

    - George Watson Cole, annotator. A Catalogue of Books Relating to the Discovery and Early History of North and South America Forming a Part of the library of E. D. Church. New York: Peter Smith, 1951. (Entry 1298, Page 2498.)



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