The generall historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles : with the names of the adventurers, planters, and governours from their first beginning ano: 1584 to this present 1624. With the procedings of those severall colonies and the accidents that befell them in all their journeyes and discoveries. Also the maps and descriptions of all those countryes, their commodities, people, government, customes, and religion yet knowne. Divided into sixe bookes / by Captaine Iohn Smith, sometymes governour in those countryes & admirall of New England.
- London : Printed by I.[ohn] D.[awson] and I.[ohn] H.[aviland] for Michael Sparkes, 1624.
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- , 96, 105-248 p.,  folded leaves of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 29 cm. (fol.)
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsF229.S65 G46 1624+ OversizeYale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon CollectionAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- BEIN Zd 029: Imperfect: P. - at beginning wanting with the t.p. reproduced in ms.; all plates and maps wanting. Autograph: Henry M. Dexter. Stamp: Inner Temple Library.
BEIN Pequot +Sm4: Variant without 2 ports. and errata. Binder's stamp: Bound by Riviere & Son. With the following states of the plates:  with map of "Ould Virginia" [with linen backing] (Sabin 1st state) (28 x 36 cm., on sheet 29 x 38 cm., folded to 24 x 16 cm.) facing t.p.;  with map of "Virginia" [with linen backing] (Church 8th/Sabin 10th state) (33 x 41 cm. on sheet 33 x 42 cm., folded to 26 x 16 cm.) facing p. 41;  with map of "Summer Ils" [with linen backing] (3rd state) (28 x 36 cm., on sheet 30 x 36 cm., folded to 24 x 16 cm.) facing p. 169;  folded map "Nevv England" [with linen backing] (4th state) (30 x 35 cm., on sheet 31 x 36 cm., folded to 25 x 16 cm.) facing p. 203.
BEIN 2003 +39: Bookplate of T.W. Streeter. Bookplate of Paul Mellon. Binder's stamp: F. Bedford. With the following states of the plates:  with map of "Virginia" (Church 7th/Sabin 9th state) (33 x 41 cm., on sheet 34 x 43 cm., folded to 26 x 15 cm.) facing p. 1 (second count);  with map of "Ould Virginia" (Sabin 4th state/Church 3rd state) (28 x 36 cm., on sheet 29 x 37 cm., folded to 25 x 16 cm.) facing p. 41;  with map of "Summer Ils" (1st state) (29 x 36 cm., on sheet 30 x 37 cm., folded to 23 x 15 cm.) facing p. 169;  folded map "Nevv England" (4th state) (31 x 36 cm., on sheet 33 x 37 cm., folded to 26 x 15 cm.) facing p. 203. With errata slip tipped in before p. 1.
Engraved t.p., signed Iohn Barra.
Largely a collected edition of his "A description of New England", "A map of Virginia", "New Englands trials", and "A true relation of such occurrences and accidents of noate as hath hapned in Virginia since the first planting of that collony, which is now resident in the south part thereof, till the last returne from thence".
Includes the earliest accurate map of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first to name the area of "New England" and is considered the foundation map of the region.
Some copies have an errata slip.
"Some copies have two portraits, one of the Duchess of Richmond and the other of Matoaka (Pocahontas), [which] are not usually found in the edition of 1624, but sometimes appear in later editions"--Cf. Church, v. 2, p. 938.
Detailed descriptions of the various states of the maps and plates can be found in Sabin 82823, Church 359, 369, 402 and 422 and Burden, P.D. Mapping of North America 164, 187, 212 and 213.
Signatures: pi² (-pi2) )(² A-N⁴ P-2I⁴.
"Dawson pr[inted]. )(², A-N⁴. Haviland pr[inted]. P-Ii⁴"--STC.
STC (2nd ed.), 22790
Baer, E. Seventeenth Century Maryland, 7
Church, E. D. Discovery, 402
Alden, J.E. European Americana, 624/152
ESTC (RLIN) S111882
Selected exhibitions: "Wilde Americk: Discovery and Exploration of the New World" (Yale Center for British Art, 27 September-30 December, 2001).
Maps in volume:  Virginia / discovered and discribed by Captayn John Smith, graven by William Hole. ;  Ould Virginia / graven and extracted ... by Robert Vaughan, printed by Iames Reeve. ;  The summer ils. [1624?];  New England / observed and described by Captayn John Smith. Printed by Geor. Low. Simon Pasaeus, sculpsit., Robert Clerke, excudit. .
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in later brown morocco by Zaehnsdorf. With the following states of the plates:  with map of "Virginia" (Church 8th state) facing p. 40;  with map of "Ould Virginia" (Church 2nd state) facing p. 20;  with map of "Summer Ils" facing p. 169;  folded map "New England" (Church 4th state) facing p. 203.
- Subject Terms:
- Bermuda Islands -- History.Dexter, Henry Martyn, 1821-1890 -- Autograph.Indians of North America -- Virginia.Inner Temple, London. Library -- Stamp.Mellon, Paul -- Bookplate.New England -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.Streeter, Thomas W. (Thomas Winthrop), 1883-1965 -- Bookplate.Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
- Binders' stamps (Binding) -- Riviere & Son.
Binders' stamps (Binding) -- F. Bedford.
Maps in books.
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Smith, John, 1580-1631, The generall historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles , 1624
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