Petersburg, Va. 1804-1805, 1816. Four volumes. Modern half calf and marbled boards, gilt. Scattered foxing. Ownership signatures in three volumes. Without folding table at pages 88-89 of third volume. Very good. Item #WRCAM48360A
An important history of Virginia, here present with the very rare fourth volume. The latter volume, issued years after the rest of the set, was largely destroyed by fire and only a few copies have survived. The author, well known as a dramatist, was an Irish emigrant and enthusiastic Jeffersonian. After his death in a duel in 1808, the fourth volume was written by Skelton Jones and Louis Girardin, supposedly with the aid of Thomas Jefferson, to whom it is dedicated. That volume covers 1775 to 1781. Jefferson also assisted Burk in the research for the second and third volumes by lending him manuscripts, newspapers, and other materials, and Burk quotes Jefferson's NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA... throughout his HISTORY... (see Sowerby for details). "The lengthy appendices are of the highest historical importance" - Eberstadt. HOWES B971, "b." SABIN 9273. HAYNES 2499. CHURCH 1298. SOWERBY, JEFFERSON'S LIBRARY 464. EBERSTADT 131:686.