first edition Quarter Leather
1776 · Williamsburg
by Virginia General Assembly, House of Delegates
Williamsburg: Printed by Alexander Purdie, Printer to the Commonwealth, 1776. First Edition. Quarter Leather. Very Good binding. First Edition of the Journal of the House of Delegates of Virginia. Anno Domini, 1776. The first session of the Virginia House of Delegates after the Declaration of Independence, in the midst of the American Revolution. An important document which includes, among others, an act guaranteeing religious liberty to citizens of Prince Edwards County, the raising of Continental regiments, and the confiscation of Lord Dunmore's property. John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore was the last royal governor of Virginia, who famously offered freedom to any slave to defect from the Patriots. Thomas Jefferson features heavily in the journal, as do the other prominent Virginia statesmen of their day. Previous owner's name on the title page, of Abraham Hite, an important Virginia landowner and representative, who served as a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from 1769 to 1774, in the State Convention of 1776, and a listed member of the Virginia boycott of British manufactures, 1774. Three leaves are lacking [R2; T1; Mm1], and facsimile pages are bound in. Else collates complete; 145,  pp. The title page is original, though has been "silked" for reinforcement. Modern rebinding. Quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards. Red leather label with gilt lettering on the spine. Ten institutional holdings listed on OCLC. (ESTC W23645. Evans, 15204. Bellet, Some Prominent Virginia Families, pp. 343-344 ). Very Good binding.
(Inventory #: 287591)