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FIRST EDITION PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Notes on the State of Virginia. Folding map hand-colored in outline, folding table, other illustrations. , 382 pages plus final blank leaf. 8vo, later 1/2 calf, minimal wear; minimal wear to contents; early bookplate on front pastedown, early inked stamp on map from the defunct Surry Institution, modern owner's signature on front flyleaf. London: John Stockdale, 1787
The present edition, printed in 1787, is generally considered the first published edition in English. The published Notes remained framed in terms of Jefferson's responses to Barbé-Marbois's 23 questions. Jefferson went much further than the questions demanded, however. Asked "The number of its inhabitants?", Jefferson responded with a 10-page demographic analysis of Virginia. The work contains extended sections on Virginia's economy, slavery, Indians, constitution, and laws. It concludes with 3 appendices: a commentary on the text by Charles Thomson, secretary of the Continental Congress; the 1783 draft of Virginia's constitution; and the Virginia Assembly's 1786 act establishing religious freedom. Howes J78; Phillips page 984 (map); Sabin 35896; Sellers 762 (map); Verner 1787.