Histoire de la Virginie

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Author: Beverley Jr, Robert (c1667-1722) Jean-Baptiste Labat's personal copy

Year: 1707

Publisher: Chez Thomas Lombrail

Place: Amsterdam


[v]+432+[16] pages with engraved additional title page, foldout table, 14 plates and index. Duo decimo (6 ½” x 4 ½”) contemporary calf gilt lettering to spine with five raised spine bands and decorative gilt edges to covers. Jean-Baptiste Labat’s personal copy signed. First French edition. Originally published in 1705 in London.

Robert Beverley, Jr was a historian of early colonial Virginia as well as a planter and political figure. He was born in Jamestown and died in King and Queen County, Virginia. His most notable work is his History and Present State of Virginia, published originally in London in 1705, which documents the history of early life in the Virginia colony. Beverley took part in Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood’s 1716 "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition" to the Shenandoah Valley. Journalist John Fontaine records that on the return trip, both Beverley and his horse fell, and rolled to the bottom of a hill, but without serious injury to either. However, when Beverley published a revised edition of his History in 1722, he continued it only to 1710, so there is no known account by Beverley of this event.

Jean-Baptiste Labat (1663-1738) was a French clergyman, botanist, writer, explorer, ethnographer, soldier, engineer and landowner. Labat was born and died in Paris He entered the order of Dominicans at the age of twenty. In 1693 he received permission form the general of his order to travel to the West Indies. He landed in Martinique in 1694 and was entrusted with the parish of Macouba. In 1696 he travelled to Guadeloupe and was appointed procurator general of the Dominican convents in the Antilles. The French government appointed him as an engineer and in this capacity he visited the French, Dutch and English Antilles. In 1706 he was sent to Europe as deputy of his order. He traveled to Paris in 1716 and lived in the convent of Rue Saint-Honore in which he worked on his Nouveau Voyage aux isles Francoises de l’Amerique.


signed by Labat on title, corners and spine ends refurbished, moderate foxing, dealer description on front pastedown, endpapers worn else a very good copy.

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