Lot 45[OLDMIXON, JOHN]
The British Empire in America, Containing the History of the Discovery, Settlement, Progress and Present State of all the British Colonies on the Continent and Islands of America. London: John Nicholson, 1708. First edition. Two volumes. Contemporary paneled calf boards with floral cornerpieces in blind, rebacked in modern leather. 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (19 x 11 cm); 412;  pp., with 8 maps after Herman Moll (most folding), retains original blanks. The cover detached on volume I and the joint worn on volume II, small losses to the old portions of the binding, the volumes bound somewhat tight, most maps find but a few misfolded resulting in short tears and creases, lightly toned and spotted, small ink stain to upper margin of title in volume I slightly offset to facing map, neat ink marginalia to p. 110 in volume II, the pastedowns with penciled ownership signature of Brinton Coxe, likely the Pennsylvania state senator and industrialist.
An important early history of the British Colonies in North America drawn on the writings of Cotton Mather, William Penn and other histories. Oldmixon's work is aimed at showing the advantages of American settlement to the English. The maps were provided by Herman Moll and cover North America, Newfoundland, New England and New York, Virginia and Maryland, the Carolina and Bermuda, Barbados, the Leeward Islands, and Jamaica. Howes O61; Kress 2597; Sabin 57157.
C Property from The Monroe and Elizabeth Dreher Collection
Sold for $3,465
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