Portland, [Maine]: Shirley and Hyde, 1829. Later printing. Half Bound Leather. First edition, later printing. 8vo; viii, 466 + errata list; half bound in brown calf with brown marbled boards, gilt-stamped title “Survey of Maine” to leather label on spine; bookplate of the Pepperell family in America to front pastedown, Hannibal Hamlin library stamp [Paris, Maine] to front pastedown; cover edge scuffing with loss, old dried black India ink to rear board, last line of the title “Illustrated by Maps” has been erased, light spotting throughout; lacking the maps; very good minus. Williamson 3918. Very good. Item #239
In depth look at the state of Maine, nine years after it separated from Massachusetts. Includes topography, geography, climate, population, divisions, natural products (resources), agriculture, commerce, manufacturing, revenue and taxation (here called “public burdening”), education, grants and land sales as well as an interesting Appendix.
The armorial and heraldic bookplate affixed to the front pastedown is that of William P. Sparhawk, of Kittery, Maine, who assumed the name of his grandfather, Sir William Pepperell, and was made a baronet. Sir William Pepperell was a loyalist and in 1778 the family estates were confiscated by the colonies. This book was published after the death of the bookplate owner (1746-1816) so perhaps the family continued to use his bookplates as they added to their personal library. Allen (American Book-plates: A Guide to Their Study with Examples), Special Collection Department of the University of Delaware, Newark.