CAMPANIUS HOLM, Thomas (ca. 1670-1702). Kort Beskrifning om Provincien Nya Swerige uti America. Stockholm: Wankijfs Änkia, 1702.

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CAMPANIUS HOLM, Thomas (ca. 1670-1702). Kort Beskrifning om Provincien Nya Swerige uti America, Som nu fortjden af the Engelske kallas Pensylvania. Af lärde och trowärdige Mäns skrifter och berättelser ihopaletad och sammanskrefwen, samt med åthskillige Figurer utzirad. Stockholm: Wankijfs Änkia, 1702.



Small 4to (187 x 145 mm). Title page printed in red and black, engraved frontispiece depicting William Penn and Natives, engraved folding view of Niagara Falls after Hennepin, engraved plate of three Native Americans, 4 engraved maps (2 folding), and 11 illustrations within the text, including two full-page prints (some foxing, fine, clear, bold printing). 18th century half calf on marbled paper boards, re-backed with original spine in six compartments with five raised bands, elaborately gilt (excellent condition, minor shelf wear).

First Edition. AN IMPORTANT SOURCE FOR THE EARLY HISTORY OF PENNSYLVANIA. An almost cinematic reading experience with detailed plates covering a range of subjects including an incredible Niagra Falls engraved after Antoine Hennepin, credited with bringing the epic effluence to the attention of Europe. The incredible Delaware River map showing the sweep of the river from Cape May to “Nickhickan” is a delightful early depiction of that major waterway.

Published in Stockholm under the patronage of Charles XII., to whom it is dedicated. "The author was never in America. His work is made up from verbal accounts received from his father, and notes left by his grandfather, Reverend Johan Campanius who accompanied Governor Printz as his chaplain to America, to which he has added facts obtained from the manuscripts of Peter Lindström, an engineer." (Duponceau).

"A very scarce work relating to the establishment of the Swedes in New Sweden, afterwards Pennsylvania." (Sabin). New Sweden (Nya Swerige) was a Swedish colony along the lower reaches of Delaware River in North America from 1638 to 1655 in the present-day American Mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Fort Christina, now in Wilmington, Delaware, was the first settlement. Divided into eight books, the last five of which are exclusively devoted to the ecclesiastical affairs of the Swedish congregations; the three first contain indispensable accounts of the civil and political history of Pennsylvania and its environs under the Swedish, Dutch, and English governments.

The maps and plates are each engraved by the author. The former comprise:

Totius Americae Descriptio (a general map of North America showing California as an island)

Novae Sveciae Tabula (by Nicolas Visscher)

Nova Svecia hodie dicta Pensylvania (after Lindstrom, depicting the Delaware from Cape May to Nickhickan) and

Virginiae N. Angliae N. Hollandiae nec non Novae Sveciae Delineatio.

 “As the Dutch had committed this outrage upon the Swedes without any cause or provocation, so they were not allowed much time to enjoy their triumph; for, in the year 1664, King Charles II of England, sent over troops with four commissioners to Virginia; for the purpose, as was said, of surveying the country, and ascertaining its divisions and boundaries; by which opportunity they expelled the Dutch from the territory, first taking possession of their principal city of New Amsterdam… Thus this province of New Sweden came under the English government, and so remained until the year 1681, when the said King Charles II made a present of it to a nobleman called William Penn.” Location note: AMERICANA 13D. For inquiries please contact Greg McMurray, MLS, Director, Rare Books.