Pocahontas and Her World: A Chronicle of America's First Settlement in Which Is Related the Story of the Indians and the Englishmen - Particularly Captain John Smith, Captain Samuel Argall, and Master John Rolfe - Philip L. BarbourLondon: Robert Hale & Company, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper a little frayed with slight loss at the spine ends and a triangular tear with loss to the foot of the lower panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight but with several leaves having the corners folded.
First British Edition. [First Published: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1969] Illustrated by way of: Appendices ; Black & White Plates; Maps ;
From the cover: “Pocahontas has an unassailable place in romantic history as the Red Indian princess who saved the life of Captain John Smith. She was the first woman of her race to visit England. Becoming sick at the start of the return voyage back to her homeland, she was taken ashore and died at Gravesend. Charming and attractive she was barely twenty-one, and her story made her a heroine and a legend.
But it was not only Pocahontas who was made a legend. The whole story of early Virginia has seemed more legendary than historical. Though American history began in Virginia, the Pilgrims and the Puritans have been regarded as the founders of historical America. Only of late has Captain John Smith been accorded his due, and the Pocahontas of history, along with Captain Samuel Argall, who kidnapped her, and John Rolfe, who married her — all have remained clouded figures.
In this book Philip L. Barbour reconstructs the history of the whole Jamestown world, and the English and Indian worlds from which it grew. The miracle of the survival of that world, that kernel or germ of English America, was of John Smith’s and Pocahontas’ making, and of ArgalPs, and of Rolfe’s. Their lives were so intermingled that no one of them can be understood without reference to the other three. And with any one of them lacking, it is hard to conceive of English America at all.”