N.N. America: Or an Exact Description of the West-Indies: More Especially of Those Provinces Which Are Under the Dominion of the King of Spain, 2 parts in 1 vol., FIRST EDITION, R. Hodgkinson, for E. Dod, 1655
Lot 111
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America: Or an Exact Description of the West-Indies: More Especially of Those Provinces Which Are Under the Dominion of the King of Spain, 2 parts in 1 vol., FIRST EDITION, R. Hodgkinson, for E. Dod, 1655
Sold for £ 5,250 (US$ 6,975) inc. premium

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America: Or an Exact Description of the West-Indies: More Especially of Those Provinces Which Are Under the Dominion of the King of Spain, 2 parts in 1 vol., FIRST EDITION, titles within typographical border, folding engraved map of America ("Americae Descrip.") by Jodocus Hondius after Gerard Mercator [Burden 153], occasional underlinings in the text, notes in ink on the final blank and mathematical sums on rear paste-down in an early hand, contemporary calf, gilt morocco lettering label, spine rubbed [ESTC R209078; Church 542, noting 3 variants, this the third with title-page followed by the stub of a cancelled title-page; Sabin 51678], 8vo, R. Hodgkinson, for E. Dod, 1655

Footnotes

  • The first part contains much on the produce and commodities of America, while the second (titled "America... Containing the Topographicall Description of the Several Provinces, both the Northern and the Southern Part") comprises extensive descriptions of its regions. Primarily concentrating on the Spanish possessions, it was written with a view to increasing Britain's political and commercial sphere of influence in the region. The author has not yet been identified, but Church suggests the name of Thomas Peake.

    Provenance: An early owner has neatly underlined occasional passages, and added an index with notes at the end, including "Sugar under 2s a pound", "Gold found 3 ways", "13 or 14 pound of beef mutton or porke for 6s.", "Toads put into drink", "No countries more temperate then America", "Pacos are sheep that carris [sic] burthens".
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