"A DISCOURSE OF VIRGINIA" : Now first printed from the original manuscript in the Lambeth Library. Edited, with notes and an introduction, by Charles Deane.

Boston, (MA): Privately printed, 1860. First separate edition, 1/100 unnumbered copies, from the American Antiquarian Society's "Transactions," Vol. IV. 4to. 45 pp. Howes W-565: "First printing of a 1613 manuscript." One of the original patentees for a colony in Virginia, Winfield (flourished ca. 1560-1613) sailed with the first settlers for what became Jamestown and was elected president of the governing council there. Removed from office after six months and imprisoned, he was sent home in the spring of 1608. This discourse, "a rather able refutation of the charges against him" (DAB), defends his actions during a hard first year in the new land and offers suggestions for governance going forward. "Its chief influence, in addition to partially redeeming Wingfield's reputation, was to excite a prolonged and heated dispute regarding the trustworthiness of John Smith's accounts of early American history." With the bookplate of historian and University of Virginia professor Thomas Perkins Abernethy. Very good. Original gilt-stamped brown cloth, all edges gilt. (10843). Item #64651

Price: $450.00