PRESENTING a HUGELY IMPORTANT, HUGELY HISTORIC and EXTREMELY RARE Book.
Jeffersons Notes on the State of Virginia 2nd Edition.
This ... morePRESENTING a HUGELY IMPORTANT, HUGELY HISTORIC and EXTREMELY RARE Book.
Jeffersons Notes on the State of Virginia 2nd Edition.
This is an ORIGINAL 'Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia Second Edition , Philadelphia, Printed for Mathew Carey No. 118, Market Street, November 12, 1794'.
Not only is the Book EXTREMELY IMPORTANT in it's own right....because of it's RARITY..... but this Book also has 2 Additional pieces of Provenance and Rarity.
The Book has 2 signatures.....the first being of T.H. Hume....presumably the original owner. We have identified this as Thomas Hume, whose father (George III) was originally from Virginia but moved to Kentucky.
The other signature and owner of this Book was Major William Alexander Obenchain, originally of Virginia, but had moved to Bowling Green, KY.
Both Thomas Hume and William Alexander Obenchain are important historical figures with completely different personal stories.
Jeffersons Notes on the State of Virginia.
What makes this Book OUTSTANDING and IMPORTANT is it's provenance and history!!
THIS BOOK IS A PIECE OF AMERICAN/SCOTTISH HISTORY with
a CONNECTION TO THE JACOBITE REBELLION IN SCOTLAND, THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE CIVIL WAR!!
(1) Thomas Hume's Great Grandfather, George Hume (George I) was heir to the Baron of Wedderburn & Marchmont just south of Edinburgh in Scotland. He fought with Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Jacobite Wars and after defeat at the Battle of Culloden he was stripped of his land and titles and initially imprisoned and then 'banished' to the Colonies, namely Virginia in 1721. In 1723 he became a Royal Surveyor. In 1731 George Hume received his commission as Deputy to the King and with a marriage
dower of 2,000 acres he and his family took up residence in Fredericksburg, Virginia. From the ages of 16 to 18, George Washington studied surveying as an apprentice under George Hume in Fredericksburg.
His eldest son, George II (Virginia George) was born in Culpepper, VA in 1729. He was a sergeant in the First Virginia Regiment under Colonel George Gibson during the American Revolutionary War serving from September 14, 1777 to March, 1778.
His eldest son, George III (Kentucky George) was born in 1759. He moved into Kentucky once married and his eldest son, Thomas Hume was born in 1785. As the eldest son, Thomas Hume took up the claim of his father, grandfather and great grandfather, against the British Crown, to seek recovery of their lands and title in Scotland.....unfortunately, he was ultimately unsuccessful.
(2) Major William Alexander Obenchain was also a man of prominence in Bowling Green and Virginia. Born in Virginia, he served as a Captain and then Major on General Lee’s Staff during the Civil War. He was a member of the Virginia Militia and was on Gen. Lee’s Corps of Engineers. He helped prepare a Map of Richmond, VA prior to the famous Battle of Richmond (and we have this Map in the Collection). At the conclusion, of the Civil War, Major Obenchain signed his ‘surrender papers and oath to the Union’, which we also have in the Collection. After the War, ‘The Major’ became the President of Ogden College in Bowling Green, Kentucky where he met and married Lida Calvert Hall (a successful author and early suffragist).
We can only 'surmise' that William Alexander Obenchain acquired this book from the family of Thomas Hume in Kentucky. less
- 5.75ʺW × 1.5ʺD × 8.25ʺH
- Late 18th Century
- Item Type
- Vintage, Antique or Pre-owned
- Good Condition, Original Condition Unaltered, Some Imperfections
- Condition Notes
- The book has minor condition issues as one would expect with a Book this old. The dust jacket is ripped ... moreThe book has minor condition issues as one would expect with a Book this old. The dust jacket is ripped and loosely fitting. The pages have considerable foxing. The hardback cover and binding is still pretty good and the book is perfectly legible. less
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