GAGE, THOMAS. c.1596-1656.
The English-American his Travail by Sea and Land: or, A New Survey of the West-India's, containing a journall of three thousand and three hundred miles within the main Land of America. London: R. Cotes, sold by Humphrey Blunden and Thomas Williams, 1648.
Folio (290 x 183 mm). [x], 220,  pp. Recent paneled calf, spine gilt. General toning particularly to margins, lacking A1 (blank or licence leaf), margins of title chipped, small holes to title, ink stamp removed from title and following leaf, lower blank corner of D4 torn away, G6 chipped at outer margin, R1 with 1 inch tear to lower blank margin, V8 holed and repaired.
FIRST EDITION. Following training as a Jesuit and then a Dominican, Thomas Gage was posted to the Americas where he lived and worked from 1625 to 1637. The younger son of a prominent Anglo-Catholic family, he became a fanatical convert to Protestantism on his return to Europe. This work "caused a remarkable sensation. [Gage's] account of the wealth and defenseless condition of the Spanish possessions in South America excited the cupidity of the English, and it is said that Gage himself laid before Cromwell the first regular plan for mastering the Spanish territories in the New World ... He was appointed chaplain to General Venables's expedition, which sailed under Venables and Penn for Hispaniola ... The fleet failed at Hispaniola, but took Jamaica, where Gage died in 1656" (ODNB). Alden & Landis 648/68; Field 584; JCB (3) II:389; Palau 96480; Sabin 26298; Wing G109.