Judicious and Select Essayes and Observations. By that Renowned and Learned Knight. Sir Walter Raleigh. Upon the first invention of Shipping. The Misery of Invasive Warre. The Navy Royall and Sea-Service. With his Apologie for his Voyage to Guiana.

  • Raleigh, Sir Walter
  • London: Printed by T.W. for Humphrey Moseley 1650
  • ESTC R9599; Pforzheimer 822; Sabin 67561.


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FIRST EDITION, 12mo, pp. [x], [8, ads], 42, [2], 4, [66], 46, [2], 69, [1] + frontispiece portrait. Twentieth-century plain brown sheep. Some light spotting and staining, frontispiece mounted and small repair to corner of title-page. Rubbed (especially to spine), and a bit scratched. Modern booklabel to front flyleaf.


The first printings of four essays by Raleigh - each with their own title-page and perhaps also issued separately. This copy is complete with the portrait, blank leaf G8, and the 8-page advertisements for other Moseley publications which are not always found (especially the adverts). The individual essays are each important in their own right, but the most significant is the fourth: the first account of Raleigh's second voyage to 'Guiana', and an attempt to excuse his final failure, though it did not convince the king to spare his life. The Apologie was written in Salisbury after Raleigh's return and circulated in manuscript following his arrest and execution, and remains notable, among other reasons, for containing early uses of the word 'tobacco'.

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