1804.057: Burk's History of Virginia (vol. 1).

Published: 1804

Full Title: The history of Virginia, from its first settlement to the present day. By John Burk. Volume I.

Author: Burk, John Daly (1772-1808).

Place Issued: Petersburg

Issuing Press: Dickson & Pescud

Description: 356 pgs.; 22 cm. (8vo).


Burk was an Irish émigré who found refuge from prosecution in New York City for seditious libel in the Petersburg area in 1799; in 1802, he began writing a document-based history of Virginia with the encouragement of Jefferson and with materials compiled by William Waller Hening, who was soon to publish his authoritative compilation of Virginia's colonial statutes. Projected as a five-volume set, this first volume (this item) issued from the Dickson & Pescud press on October 1, 1804; volume 2 (1806.058) issued in mid-1806 and volume 3 (1806.059) in late 1806; the rest were either delayed or left undone after Burk's death in an 1808 duel. Shaw & Shoemaker listed the four volumes eventually issued under a single entry (5951); as a result, the Early American Imprints Series filmed all four volumes under that same number.

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