Richmond, VA: Printed by Thomas Nicolson and William Prentis, 1785. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good condition. Item #018940
235 pages of text. The original patterned paper boards are worn, stained and soiled but intact, with old ink ownership notation on board: B.W. Leigh [Virginia politician Benjamin Watkins Leigh (1781-1849)]. Folio: measures 12 7/8 x 8 inches. The text was resewn, and the spine was expertly rebacked in new leather with a leather spine label. The front endpaper and the title page were light-bleached by a conservator. Previous owner's name on the title page and first page of text: Thomas Edmunds. Edmunds (circa 1750-1791) served in various Virginia Militia and became an officer in the Revolutionary War. He represented Sussex County in the Virginia Federal Convention (a.k.a Virginia Ratifying Convention). A bookplate and pencil owner's name from 1910 are on the front pastedown and endpaper. Generally a clean copy with minor foxing and minor browning, with a few minor creases and one corner with a small piece lacking. Evans 19351; Sabin 100392; Swem 7461.