The First Settlers of Virginia, an Historical Novel, Exhibiting a View of the Rise and Progress of the Colony at James Town, a Picture of Indian Manners, the Countenance of the Country, and its Natural Productions. The second Edition, considerably enlarged. John Davis.

The First Settlers of Virginia, an Historical Novel, Exhibiting a View of the Rise and Progress of the Colony at James Town, a Picture of Indian Manners, the Countenance of the Country, and its Natural Productions. The second Edition, considerably enlarged.

New York: Printed for I. Riley and Co, 1806.

Second edition, second printing. Frontispiece,[i]-[xii], [13]-284pp, missing pp. ix-x. 1 vols. 12mo. Contemporary sheep, red leather spine label; joints splitting first 2 signatures loose Not in Wright; Wegelin, p. 18; Sabin 18849; Shaw & Shoemaker 10259. Item #32492

The first fictional account of the Pocahontas legend, first printed for the author in 1805 under the title Captain Smith and Princess Pocahontas; this expanded version appeared in the same year, with "A Memoir of the Author" at pp. 275-284, with the new title exactly as above, and with the preliminary extracts of reviews, including Charles Brockden Brown's recommendation of the work as "purely American." Only a few copies are known of the 1805 'second Edition." Van Doren notes that Davis' two books on Smith and Pocahontas comprise "the first treatment of the most persistent American legends." His chief enthusiasm was for the Indians of America, who "in humanity and all the softer emotions...will rival the most polished nations of the world." (Davis' Travels).

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