Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1794. Full Leather. Good binding. Item #6478
Octavo. , 336 pp., folding table. Second American edition. Bound in contemporary calf with morocco title label on the spine; this copy is lacking the folding map of Virginia as is so often the case. Darkening from desiccation to the base of the spine and onto the rear board; joints are starting to separate, but boards are holding well; covers are splayed; institutional bookplate on the front pastedown otherwise contents are clean and binding sound.
"A comprehensive and very valuable description of the natural history, economic resources, and social condition of Virginia, drawn up in the form of answers to queries presented by Barbe de Marbois.... The answer to the 18th query contains his famous denunciation of slavery; that to the 17th his defense of liberty of conscience" Larned 1374. An early edition of an important work. Evans 27162; Howes J-78; Sabin 35898.