The first edition of John Smith voyages to be published in Virginia
By SMITH, Captain John , 1819

The True Travels, Adventures and Observations of Captaine John Smith in Europe, Asia, Africke, and America: beginning about the yeere 1593, and continued to this present 1629… from the London edition of 1629.

Travel & Voyages
  • Author: SMITH, Captain John
  • Publication place: Richmond
  • Publisher: Republished at the Franklin Press, William W. Gray, printer
  • Publication date: 1819.
  • Physical description: Two volumes. Octavo, engraved frontispiece to each volume, two folding engraved plates of vignettes, folding map, early repairs to verso, browned; contemporary American tree calf, gilt, crimson morocco lettering-pieces to spines, rubbed.

    Collation: Volume I: A(5), B-Z(4), 2A-L(4), 2K(2); [14], 247, [1]pp; volume II: [-](6), B-z(4), 2A-L(4),2M(1); xii, 282pp.
  • Dimensions: 210 by 130mm. (8.25 by 5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 16338


First edition of an account of Smith’s voyages to be published in Richmond Virginia. Dedicated by the publisher to “The People of Virginia, this history of the settlement of the Colony; and narrative of the adventures of one of the most accomplished Hero’s [sic] of the world”. With re-engravings of Smith’s iconic map of Virginia (after state 10), and the two folding plates of vignettes depicting his adventures.


1. Early ownership inscriptions of Alex River on each title-page.
2. Ownership inscriptions of Alexander River Skinker, dated 1904 on each first blank.


  1. cf. Burden 164
  2. Verner (MCC-45) page 28

Image gallery