THE WESTOVER MANUSCRIPTS: CONTAINING THE HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE BETWIXT VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA; A JOURNEY TO THE LAND OF EDEN, A.D. 1733; AND A PROGRESS TO THE MINES. WRITTEN FROM 1728 TO 1736, AND NOW FIRST PUBLISHED.
Petersburg: Edmund and Julian Ruffin, 1841. iv,143,pp. Original pink boards; rebacked in later cloth. Boards heavily worn. Front inner hinge cracked but holding. Moderately foxed. Good. First edition. Posthumously published writings of William Byrd II (1635-1744), prominent Virginia planter, author, and colonial official. In 1728, Byrd was one of the commissioners appointed to delineate the disputed border between Virginia and North Carolina. "His history gives an excellent description of the region along this disputed line. The book is one of genuine literary merit and displays a keen sense of humor. Byrd makes many references to the indolence of North Carolinians, their lack of religion, their poverty, laziness, and disrespect for law and order" - Clark. HOWES B1077, "aa." SABIN 9721. CLARK I:48-50.
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