Notes on the State of Virginia
Origin: America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
OH: 8 1/2" x OW: 5 1/4" x OD: 1 1/2"
Book binding: leather, gold gilt, letterpress on laid paper; map: black and white line engraving on laid paper with a blue tint
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Barry, III, Mr. and Mrs. Macon F. Brock, Mr. and Mrs. David R. Goode, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad M. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Johnson, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Moorman, IV, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Roberts.
Acc. No. 2017-233
On title page: "NOTES/ ON THE/ STATE/ OF/ VIRGINIA/ BY THOMAS JEFFERSON./ Second American Edition./ PHILADELPHIA:/ PRINTED FOR MATHEW CAREY,/ NO. 118, MARKET-STREET./ NOVEMBER 12, 1794."
Label:Enterprising publisher Mathew Carey of Philadelphia frequently included the same map in multiple publications. In 1794, he enlisted Samuel Lewis to draft a map of Virginia for his American version of a British text, "Guthrie’s Geography." When the map was published, Carey saw another opportunity. Thomas Jefferson's book "Notes on the State of Virginia," was originally published in Paris in 1786. With a London edition in English to follow in 1787. There was demand for the book in the United States (as evidenced by a poorly pirated edition that hit the market in 1788). However, John Stockdale, the London publisher, refused to export his edition to the United States, fearing that he would not see a profit. Carey jumped at the chance and published Lewis's map in his own edition of "Notes on the State of Virginia." This book is an example of the second edition of Carey's publication.
This copy is published in William C. Wooldridge, "Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War" (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012),#169, pp. 186-189.