The first Baltimore issue of Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, printed in 1800 by W. Pechin, being the first American edition published outside of Philadelphia.
Octavo, 194pp, , 53pp appendix, [4 blank]. Bound in contemporary sheepskin, title in gilt on spine over red morocco label. Rubbing to boards, occasional toning and light foxing, solid text block. Mispagination on page 52, but not missing any tables or charts. Includes fold-out table with Indian tribe details and full-page illustration of Madison’s cave plan. Ink ownership on title page. (Howes J78) (Sabin 35899) (Evans 37702) A very good example of this scarce edition.
Notes on the State of Virginia was the only book published by Thomas Jefferson during his lifetime. The first version of this work was completed by Jefferson in 1781. It was privately printed in Paris in 1785, while Jefferson was serving as trade representative of the US Government to France. This initial printing was a limited run of 200 copies for friends and acquaintances. The book’s first public appearance in English was in 1787 when it was published by John Stockdale in London. The first American edition was published in Philadelphia in 1788 by Prichard and Hall.