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Das BRITTISCHE REICH IN AMERICA sammt dem Eroberten Canada mit denen wichtigen Inseln Gadaloupe, Martinique und andern See-Plätzen, oder: kurzgefasste Beschreibung der Engländischen Pflanzstädte sammt ihrer Macht, Geschichte und Handlung in Nord-America. Nebst zuverlässiger Nachricht von denen Gränzfreitigkeiten und Kriege mit denen Franzosen, durch drey sauber illuminierte Landkarten aller Engländischen Provinzien erläutert. Dritter über die Hälfte vermehrter Druck. Sorau, bey Gottlob Hebold 1761. front., 48, [5]-48 p., 4to, 3 beautifully handcoloured fold. maps, woodcut head- and tailpieces, contemp. half leather and marbled boards, raised bands (very slightly rubbed), a truly superb copy.
Very rare. Third, enlarged issue, and the best. Sabin 8136 lists only a 1771 edition, of 48 p. only. Howes (Hartley) B784 lists both a 1761 and 1771 editions, of 48 p. only. NUC v. 77, p. 32, lists 7 copies of this edition in American libraries, with same collation. Dionne II, 649, lists a 1761 edition but gives no collation. No other references located, except for Lande S264 (this third, enlarged issue), who calls it “An extremely rare and valuable work relating to the end of the Seven Years’ War and the beginning of the British Empire in America – with numerous descriptive pages relating to Canada. The title-page and front. are illustrated on p. 67 of the Lande Supplement, one of the less than 20 illustrations in this supplement of over 2500 items. Lande’s copy is rebound, about 1” narrower than the present copy, and parts I and II are bound in the wrong order. His collation of 48, 48 p. ought to read front., t.-p., [5]-48, [3]-48 p.
The front. “Quebec, Hauptstadt in Canada” is not reproduced in deVolpi’s “Quebec, A Pictorial Record”. The first part, which discusses North America, has a chapter on Newfoundland, p. 7-12, Cape Breton, p. 12-16, Bermuda, p. 16-17, Acadia or Nova Scotia, p. 17-23, New England (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire), p. 24-28, New York, p. 29-30, New Jersey, p. 30-31, Pennsylvania, p. 31-35, Maryland, p. 35-36, Virginia, p. 36-38, Carolina, p. 38-40, Georgia, p. 40-41, Florida, p. 41-43, New France, p. 43, Canada, 43-45, Louisiana, p. 45-48.
The Second part contains a description of Canada and the St. Lawrence River, p. [5]-48
The maps are “America, verfertiget von Joh. George Schreibern in Leipzig” showing both North and South America; “Charte von dem Engellændischen u. Franzœsischen Besitzungen in Nord America zu finden in Leipzig bey Joh. George Schreibers” (English and French possessions in North America); and “Die Caribischen Insuln in Nord America Guadaloupe Martinique Maria Galanta Dominique u. Desiderade zu finden in Leipzig bey Joh. George Schreibers”. All three have beautiful contemporary colouring.
The book has been erroneously attributed to John Oldmixon, because the title translates as “The British Empire in America”, but it definitely not an abridgment of that work. This third, and half enlarged edition, is far superior to the first two editions, and of course, Quebec being part of the British colonies in America was not the case in 1708, when Oldmixon’s book was published.

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