THE NATURAL HISTORY OF NORTH CAROLINA. WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE TRADE, MANNERS, AND CUSTOMS OF THE CHRISTIAN AND INDIAN INHABITANTS...
by Brickell, John
Dublin: James Carson...for the Author, 1737. xv,408pp. plus engraved folding map and four engraved plates (on two folding sheets). Antique style three quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, leather label. Very good. Brickell accompanied Provincial Governor George Burrington to North Carolina in 1724, remaining in the region for six years and becoming one of the first medical doctors in North Carolina. Part of this book, principally the material on the flora and fauna of North Carolina, is taken from the work of John Lawson, but there is also much of his own material, especially in the areas of social and economic history and on the medical practices of the native tribes. The work includes a short comparative vocabulary of the Woccon, Pamticoe, and Tuskeruro Indians. The map is based primarily on that of Lawson (1709), with the largely unexplored interior labeled "Cherokee Mountains." "The book is well organized and written in a pleasing style. It is probably the best account in print relating to diseases and medical practice in colonial North Carolina. An account of a visit to 'Cherokee Mountains' in 1730 is one of the most interesting features of this volume" - Clark. The plates in this copy are particularly interesting. Usually appearing as four plates, it appears that in reality, there are two plates which are usually cut in half. In the present copy they appear intact, as originally printed. CLARK I:44. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 479. HOWES B762, "b." SABIN 7800. FIELD 182.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51889)
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