Dublin: S. Price, et al. 1779. Hardcover. 8vo. Rebound in full calf with compartments and gilt spine lettering. (18pp), xiii, 508pp. Engraved full-page plate. Modern binding and endpapers are fine, while text block is good plus to very good. Moderately age toned throughout, with occasional bits of foxing; lacks map and one plate. Item #34207
First Irish edition, appearing after the 1778 London first edition and apparently before the 1779 London second edition. Reaffixed to the new front pastedown is an armorial bookplate that purports to be that of George Washington -- but alas our research shows this is spurious, as it bears neither the chain lines nor the well-known slip-of-the-burin scratch near lower right that are hallmarks of authentic Washington plates. This example is also not one of the forged bookplates that appeared in a couple hundred volumes in a New England auction in 1863, nor is it one of the late 19th century restrikes made from the original copper plate by well-meaning Washington descendants. Carver's influential account traces his travels further inland than any other Englishman prior to the Revolution, and served as inspiration to Lewis and Clark and other explorers. NEW HOWES C 218 note. SABIN 11184.