Memoir of Sebastian Cabot; with a Review of the History of Maritime Discovery

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Author: Biddle, Richard (1796-1847)

Year: 1831

Publisher: Carrey and Lea

Place: Philadelphia


viii+320+[6 ad]+[321]-327 pages with appendices. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") bound in original publisher's quarter brown paper with label to spine over grey boards and deckle edges. First American edition.

Richard Biddle was an American author and politician. Richard Biddle received a classical education and was admitted to the bar, practicing law in Pittsburgh. He went to England in 1827, and remained three years, publishing while there a critical Review of Captain Basil Hall's Travels in North America. He also published A Memoir of Sebastian Cabot, with a Review of the History of Maritime Discovery (London and Philadelphia, 1831).

Biddle's memoir is one of the earliest American works of serious and critical historical scholarship, and the major source and inspiration for subsequent articles on the Cabots for the next forty years. Biddle stressed the achievements and pre-eminence of Sebastian over his father John. In addition to the voyages of the Cabots, Biddle also discusses those of Cortereal, Columbus, Verrazano, Frobisher, and Hudson.An important work for anyone interested in the history of the exploration of the eastern coast of North America and in the early history of the search for the Northwest Passage. Biddle was apparently the first in the nineteenth century to distinguish between the two Cabot voyages of 1497 and 1498.


Professionally restored spine with contemporary reproduced label, edge wear, corners rubbed and bumped, foxing through out, previous owner's signature to title, previous owners' labels to front paste-down else a good copy.

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