The Jamestown Voyages Under the First Charter 1606-1609: Documents Relating to the Foundation of Jamestown and the History of the Jamestown Colony Up to the Departure of Captain John Smith

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Author: Philip Lemont Barbour (1898-1980) editor

Year: 1969

Publisher: Hakluyt Society by Cambridge University Press

Place: Cambridge


2 volumes. xxviii+247 pages with frontispiece, maps (one folding), plate and illustration. viii+[249]-524 pages with maps (one folding), appendices, bibliography and indices. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6") bound in original publisher's blue blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial representation of the ship Victoria embossed on front cover with cover edges blind stamped in original jackets. Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, second series, volumes 136 and 137. First edition.

In December 1606, 120 emigrants left London in three small vessels. They landed nearly five months later in Virginia and founded a settlement which they called Jamestown. Thus the first permanent English colony was established in America. During the first few years, the colony was beset by extreme hardship. The local Indians regarded the settlement as infringement of their territory and were hostile to the settlers. Famine, plague and internal dissension also took their toll. The settlers relied for survival on provisions and men brought from England. The ships travelled the long route by way of the Canaries and the Caribbean and were always in danger of attack by the Spanish. In these 2 volumes Philip Barbour has collected all the known documents relating to the Jamestown voyages during the life of the original charter. He has annotated them and translated those written in languages other than English. In his introduction he reviews the early sources, in particular books about the early history of the colony written by emigrants. This collection gives a graphic and fascinating contemporary picture of the first few years of the colony out of which the United States was destined to grow. Includes a combined list of names of the original planters up to about 1 October 1608. The main pagination of this and the following volume (Second Series 137) is continuous.

Condition: Some foxing to end papers and pasted downs, head end pages stained. Jackets foxed and soiled, spines toned, edge wear with some small chips and tears else very good.

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