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    From the library of colonial governor Francis Nicholson

    Francis Nicholson's Signed Copy of De Humana Physiog-Nomonia Libri IV, by Giambattista della Porta. Frankfurt: Nicolaum Hoffmannum; 1618. 8vo. [15]pp., 534pp., [61]pp. Bound with: Ioan, Baptistae. Portae Neapolitani Coelestis Physiog-Nomoniae Coelestis Libri Sex. Rothomagi: Ioannis Berthelin; 1650. 8vo. [11]pp, 154pp. Bound as a single volume in contemporary boards. Skillfully rebacked.

    An early edition of the first title, and the third edition of the second work. From the library of Francis Nicholson (1655-1728), signed "Nicholson Govern'r of Carolina" on the front endpaper. The first work is illustrated with numerous woodcuts comparing human faces with various animals.

    Nicholson served as governor or lieutenant governor of five different colonies beginning in the last quarter of the 17th Century. He arrived in the colonies as a soldier and received his first political appointment in 1688 when he became the lieutenant governor of New York. He soon clashed with several prominent officials and was forced to depart for England. He returned to the Colonies as lieutenant governor of Virginia. During his term, he helped to found the College of William and Mary; and bestowed more than 200 books to their library. All were destroyed in a fire in 1705.

    He then served as governor of Maryland, and was instrumental in moving the colony's capital from St. Mary's to Annapolis. His next post was as governor of Virginia, during which he supervised the establishment of Williamsburg as the capital.

    Nicholson returned to military, volunteering to join an expedition against the French forces at Port Royal in Canada. He spent the years 1709-1713 in Canada, including a brief posting as the governor of Nova Scotia. He assumed his last governorship in 1721, becoming the first royal governor of South Carolina. He served until 1725 when he returned to England, where he died.

    Condition: The spine has been skillfully rebuilt. Light dampstaining to the first few pages of the first work.


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