“OF AMERICA, OR THE NEW WORLD…”: ABBOTT’S DESCRIPTION OF THE WHOLE WORLD, 1624
ABBOTT, George. Briefe Description of the Whole World. London: [A. Mathewes] for John Marriot, 1624. Small square octavo, early 18th-century boards rebacked in half brown sheep, new endpapers. $2500.
Sixth edition, with a lengthy discussion of North America, including Florida and the new colony of Virginia.
Abbot originally published this work for his students in 1599, while serving as master of University College at Oxford, not long before he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by James I. Known as “Abbott’s Geography,” this prototypical textbook contains descriptions of the nations of the world, with particular attention devoted to the British Isles and America (which he claims was discovered by “a Knight of Wales”). He writes of America’s exotic animals, plants, and peoples, concluding that “the countrey is very good, delightful both to the eye and taste.” Later etched portrait of Abbott tipped in as a frontispiece. STC 30. See Sabin 21. Gift presentation to Abbott’s descendent, Charles Abbott, Under-Sheriff of County Surrey.
Faint dampstain to top margin of last few gatherings, some rubbing to18th-century boards. A very desirable copy.