Charleston, (SC): Printed by W.P. Young, 1802. First edition, 1/500 copies. 8vo. 252, (1) pp. Illustrated with three folding maps (one with color outline), two folding plates, a full-page plate, and two folding plates, includes the leaf of postscript and map of Winyaw Bay not appearing in all copies. Inscribed by the printer to his brother on the verso of the front endpaper: "For Mr. John Cox from his affectionate brother W.P. Young." Young's name first appears on a Charleston imprint in 1794, though it appears in various printing proposals; he and his son continued printing in Charleston through the 1830s. Howes D-492. Sabin 20915. American Imprints 2159. Turnbull I, p. 391. Clark "Old South" II, 88. Streeter sale 1137 (lacking the large folding map of South Carolina): "Drayton had just finished his term as governor of the state when he wrote this authoritative work. The postscript and map of Winyaw Bay were both tipped in, apparently after the rest of the book had been printed." Contemporary red morocco (rubbed, spine ends a little chipped, spine shows wear), gilt, leather label, gilt rules and ornaments on spine, all edges yellow (presentation binding?). Later Cox family notes and a mounted newspaper clipping on endpapers, maps with old paper repairs on verso (one with a repair in the image), old tideline through parts of text, persistent foxing. Good solid copy, with an outstanding provenance, rarely encountered complete. Item #56081
"Drayton's 'View' is the product of a traveling governor. He is said to have been the only governor to pass over the whole upper country. In a preface, dated 1821, to the manuscript of the book, he said it was composed and written in 1800-1802. It is the product not only of experience and observation, but of the written sources available to Drayton, including state papers and records. It is documented rather fully ... Drayton made no effort to diagnose the trouble with a wealthy society that had little interest in scientific agriculture or education. Slavery he thought permitted by the law of nature, and slaveowning one of the natural rights of man. In the tradition of Southern governors, he inveighed against humanitarian attacks on slavery as Northern interference" (Clark). (2589).