MARTYN, Benjamin (1699-1763)
Reasons for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, with regard to the trade of Great Britain, the increase of our people, and the employment and support it will afford to great numbers of our own poor, as well as foreign persecuted protestants. With some account of the country, and the design of the trustees ... the Second Edition
London: Printed for W. Meadows, 1733. 4to. [1-]48pp. Engraved frontispiece and tailpiece after J. Pine, engraved map.
Expertly bound to style in half russia and period marbled paper covered boards, flat spine gilt.
An important and rare Georgia tract from the time of the colony's founding, complete with the rare map of the region.
Martyn was a strong advocate and defender of the colony, and here gathers a number of interesting documents in addition to his own arguments, including a letter from Oglethorpe to the Trustees from Savannah, their reply to him, a list of the Trustees, etc. The map is the second state of that which first appeared in the 1732 edition of Some Account of the Designs of the Trustees for establishing the Colony of Georgia in America., altered by removal of some of the notations and relocation of a few incidentals (see De Renne, I:p.18 for details). The interesting frontispiece is an imaginary view of the laying out of Savannah. This second edition of Martyn's tract is the first in which the author is named, and includes additions not found in the first edition, first issue. "A well-written tract; plausible in its arguments, glowing in its descriptions, valuable for its information, and pertinent in its appeals to the philanthropic and benevolent" (Sabin).
De Renne I, p.45; Sabin 45002; Howes M356; LC, Georgia 104; Streeter Sale 1144; Cumming 211.