Item #1548 Notes on the State of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson.
Notes on the State of Virginia
Notes on the State of Virginia
Notes on the State of Virginia
Jefferson's Notes on Virginia

Notes on the State of Virginia

Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1829. Original calf over boards. Sixteenmo. [iv], 1-280 pages. Bound in full leather over boards with gilt decorated spine. Binding shows some rubs along joints, general scuffing and edge wear overall, but binding remains sound. Prior ownership stamp on front free endpaper, contemporaneous owner name and date penned at top of title page. Mild age toning and scattered foxing to interior. A very good to near find copy overall.

Originally published anonymously in 1785, Jefferson's "Notes on Virginia" was the only full-length book he published during his lifetime. It describes various aspects of Virginia’s natural, social, and political features but also includes important statements of certain political, legal, and Constitutional beliefs and principles held by Jefferson. These include the separation of church and state, constitutional government, checks and balances within the government, and individual liberty. He also writes extensively about slavery. Considered to be one of the most important American books to have been published prior to 1800.

This 1829 Boston edition is the first to be published after Jefferson died in 1826. There are four Appendices, including an extensive one relative to the murder of the family of Chief Logan in present-day West Virginia in 1774. Concludes with Jefferson's Inaugural Address delivered March 4, 1801.

Ref, SABIN 35907; HOWES J78; etc,


Item #1548

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