London: Printed by John Beale, for W. Welby, 1613. ,71pp. Small quarto. Sumptuous 19th-century crushed red morocco by Bedford, elaborately gilt. Trimmed close along the top edge, occasionally touching text. Very good. Item #WRCAM45888A
The Brayton Ives - E.D. Church copy, with an engraved bookplate from each on the front pastedown, of the rare first edition of the most extensive narrative of the British attempt to establish a colony in South America. Harcourt made his voyage to Guiana in 1609 and stayed less than a year. While there he made contact with a local chief, set about searching for gold, and established a colony at the mouth of the River Wiapoco. When he returned to England, Harcourt began promoting his newly acquired plantation in Guiana, and the text includes discussions of the growing of sugar, cotton, tobacco, and indigo. Harcourt presents strong arguments for the future of the British toehold on the Spanish Main, and contends that Guiana's riches rival those of New Spain and Peru. This first edition contains the text of the Patent of Guiana granted to Harcourt, which is not printed in the second edition of 1626. "The tract did much to hasten the idea of English colonization in America..." - Streeter. "Very rare" - Sabin. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 613/73. JCB (3)II:.95. SABIN 30296. STREETER SALE 34. CHURCH 361 (this copy). ADVENTURES IN AMERICANA 68. ARENTS 105. BELL H36. ESTC S103834. STC 12754.