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Author : Sir Walter Raleigh
Year of publication: 1653
First edition :Yes
Condition: Very Good
Cost of book: £549.00
Price negotiable: Yes
Rare 17th century first edition(1653) book of 'Sir Walter Raleigh's observations, touching trade & commerce with the Hollander, and other nations, as it was presented to K. James : wherein is proved, that our sea and land commodities serve to inrich and strengthen other countries against our owne : with other passages of high concernment'
Sir Walter Raleigh was an English adventurer and favourite of Queen Elizabeth1, a writer and explorer who established a colony near Roanoke Island, in present-day North Carolina. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually put to death for treason
In 1578, Sir Walter Raleigh sailed to America with explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert, his half brother. This expedition may have stimulated his plan to found a colony there. In 1585, he sponsored the first English colony in America on Roanoke Island (now North Carolina). The colony failed and another attempt at colonisation also failed in 1587.He named Virginia after Elizabeth(The Virgin Queen) Raleigh has been credited with bringing potatoes and tobacco back to Britain, although both of these were already known via the Spanish. Raleigh did help to make smoking popular at court.
Small volume,13cm by 7.5cm full leather with compartmentalised spine gilt trim dated to spine 1653.80 pages plus Printers introduction to the reader and full page portrait of Raleigh by Ro. Vaughan.Some minor aged defects,small lift of text to title page but overall excellent for 364 years