FIRST EDITION OF CLARKE'S A TRUE, AND FAITHFUL ACCOUNT OF THE FOUR CHIEFEST PLANTATIONS OF THE ENGLISH IN AMERICA, 1670
CLARKE, Samuel. A True, and Faithful Account of the Four Chiefest Plantations of the English in America. To Wit, of Virginia New-England Bermudus Barbados. With the Temperature of the Air: The Nature of the Soil: The Rivers, Mountains, Beasts, Fowls, Birds, Fishes, Trees, Plants, Fruits, &c. As Also, of the Natives of Virginia, and New-England, Their Religion, Customs, Fishing, Huntings, &c. London: Printed for Robert Clavel, et al., 1670. Small folio (7-1/2 by 10-1/2), 19th-century three-quarter red morocco rebacked, marbled boards and endpapers; pp. 85. $3500.
First edition of this survey of the four main English settlements as of 1670, concentrating on subjects including weather, natural resources, agriculture, and interactions with the Native Americans, with engraved title page, handsomely bound.
"This book describes the four main English settlements in North America as of 1670: Virginia, New England, Bermuda, and Barbados. Samuel Clarke was a Puritan clergyman whose non-conforming views during the Restoration prompted him to earn his livelihood by writing religious and popular books. His description of Barbados paraphrases and freely borrows from Richard Ligon's 1657 book, A True & Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes" (WSU Libraries). ESTC R17743. Sabin 13450.
Top corner of front blank excised to repair marginal corner chip at page 9, only minor embrowning and some stray early ink marks to text, light wear and soiling to binding, small leather repair along top edge of front board. Near-fine condition.