First Edition
CLARKE, Samuel. A True and Faithful Account of the Four Chiefest Plantations. of the English in America, to wit: of Virginia, New-England, Bermudus, Barbados. With the temperature of the air: the nature of the soil: the rivers, mountains, beasts, fowls, birds, fishes, trees, plants, fruits, & c. As also, of the natives of Virginia, and New-England, their religion, customs, fishing, huntings, &c. Collected by Samuel Clarke, sometimes pastor in Saint Bennet-Fink. London: Printed for Robert Clavel , 1670.
First edition. Quarto (11 5/8 x 7 3/4 inches; 295 x 200 mm). [1]-85, ie 91, [1, blank] pp. Complete. With numerous mispaginated leaves. Bound together with an incomplete copy of “Examples of the Wonderful Works of God in the Creatures.” [34]pp., which this is sometime bound with title. We could only find one copy of this at auction in the past thirty years.

This is the separate issue of this work. In 1671, this title was also issued and as part of the later, augmented edition of Samuel Clarke’s, ‘Mirrour or looking-glasse both for saints, and sinners.’ And with his “Geographical Description.”

Contemporary (?) quarter blue, over drab gray boards. Original printed paper label on front board. Uncut. Yellow coated endpapers. Free endpapers toned. Some toning and staining throughout. Boards a bit soiled and rubbed. A small marginal hole on leaf 6B, not affecting text. Small worm hole starting at front boards, through page 14, mostly at the very top of margin, not affecting text. Overall a very good copy.

“[Clarke’s] travel account may not be as true and faithful as it claims, but it does provide a good example of an early visitor’s observations of mid-seventeenth-century colonial life”[Encyclopedia dot com].

ESTC R17743. Sabin 13450.

HBS # 68429 $3,500