Charlottesville: Joseph Marten; Moseley & Thompson, Printers, 1835. First Edition. Leather. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Complete with all 636 pages and the exceptionally scarce folding map. Original leather boards, sympathetically rebacked. Generally clean pages with some moderate foxing in places. Owners' names on front free endpaper and title page including that of Henry L. Hopkins (Speaker of the House of Delegates from 1848-1850) who complains bitterly that the section he wrote for the book about Powhatan County "was mangled by the publisher both in style and matter." Very Good. Item #008500
Martin's Gazetteer is one of the best sources of information on pre-Civil War Virginia and the District of Columbia. As the subtitle notes, it "contains geographical, statistical, political, commercial, religious, moral and miscellaneous information collected and compiled from the most respectable and chiefly from original sources, along with a history of Virginia from its first settlement to the year 1754 as written expressly for the work by a Virginian." Using information consolidated from local contributors, Martin was able to provide exceptionally detailed essays about nearly all communities in Virginia and the District of Columbia including their boundaries, geology, scenery, topography and noteworthy natural attractions, weather, people, government, religion, education, militia, hospitals, prisons, industry, agriculture, finance, and much more. As of 2016, ABPC and Rare Book Hub show only two copies of the book have come up for auction in the last 75 years, and no copies with map are currently in the trade. Although, OCLC shows 21 institutions with copies, it is not known how many of those have the map. OCLC shows only two institutions with copies of the disbound map, and there are no auction records for it at ABPC or Rare Book Hub, nor are there any in the trade. This is a truly scarce and historically valuable piece of Virginiana. See Bradford 3218a, Eames 44894, Howes M340, and Sabin 44894.