NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA; Notes on the State of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson.
NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA; Notes on the State of Virginia.
NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA; Notes on the State of Virginia.

NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA; Notes on the State of Virginia.

Boston, Massachusetts: Wells and Lilly, -- Court Street, 1829. Later Edition. Leather-bound. NO MAP. 12mo. 17cm. Full, contemporary leather, with brown library tape over (and crudely reinforcing) spine. Intact textblock separated from boards. Light scattered foxing throughout but none to obscure text. No map present or called for in the Table. Original free endpaper and final blank present, though both partically detached. Owners presentation inscription to title page: "Presented to Jos. Johnson by Mr. Booth from Baltimore Rail Road from Frederick to Harpers Ferry August 20, 1835. Also an armorial blue rubber stamp impression to title page, and to page 50, three birds in flight within a shield, a knight (chess piece) atop, and banners below. The later editions, published after Jefferson's death (such as this 1829 Boston printing) are quite uncommon.

Contains many full-page charts, and graphs such as "A Comparative View of the Quadrupeds of Europe and of America"; Birds; Rainfall and Winds;Tribes and Where they Reside; Prices of Goods by the Bushel; Devaluation of Currency; and a fascinating chart cataloguing specific punishments for particular crimes committed. Fair. Item #79227

NO MAP: "One of the few great books written by a future President. Begun in 1781, "Notes" was first published in Paris in French in 1785 (Observations sur la Virginia), in an edition of 200 copies. Without Jefferson’s permission, the printers Pritchard and Hall struck the first American edition in Philadelphia in 1788, from a pirated copy of the Stockdale edition. Mathew Carey published the first authorized American edition in 1794.

The work "has been called the “best single statement of Jefferson’s principles, the best reflection of his wide-ranging tastes and talents.' and "is at once a compendium of information about the state and a sweeping commentary on natural history, society, politics, education, religion, slavery, liberty, and law. Many consider it the most important American book written before 1800..." "It established Jefferson’s international reputation as a serious scientist, a man of letters, and the principal spokesman for his “country,” whether Virginia or the United States; "Notes on The State of Virginia appeared in some nineteen editions during Jefferson's lifetime Jefferson made numerous corrections and changes in his personal copy with every intention of eventually revising his work. Nevertheless, by 1810 he considered a revision “impracticable,” suggesting the additional forty years engaged “in the affairs of mankind would lead me into dilations ending I know not where.” However, he did make clear “that experience indeed has not altered a single principle." (Jefferson Monticello website). Jefferson originally composed the work in 1781 in answer to queries posed by a French diplomat, and then revised and expanded it into a description and defense of the young United States as interpreted through a Virginia lens. The book is divided into twenty-three chapters, largely taken from the diplomat’s queries, though Jefferson reordered and renumbered them. (Forbes, Encyclopedia Virginia, et alia).

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