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Author Byrd, William, 1674-1744.
Title Histories of the dividing line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina
The dividing line histories of William Byrd II of Westover / edited by Kevin Joel Berland.
Imprint Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Author Byrd, William, 1674-1744.
Subject North Carolina -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.
Virginia -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800.
North Carolina -- Boundaries -- Virginia.
Virginia -- Boundaries -- North Carolina.
Alt Name Berland, Kevin.
Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "After his 1728 Virginia-North Carolina boundary expedition, Virginia planter and politician William Byrd II composed two very different accounts of his adventures. The Secret History of the Line was written for private circulation, offering tales of scandalous behavior and political misconduct, peppered with rakish humor and personal satire. The History of the Dividing Line, continually revised by Byrd for decades after the expedition, was intended for the London literary market, though not published in his lifetime. Collating all extant manuscripts, Kevin Joel Berland's landmark scholarly edition of these two histories provides wide-ranging historical and cultural contexts for both, helping to recreate the social and intellectual ethos of Byrd and his time. Byrd enriched his narratives with material appropriated from earlier authors, many of whose works were in his library--the most extensive in the American colonies. Berland identifies for the first time many of Byrd's sources and raises the question: how reliable are histories that build silently upon antecedent texts and present borrowed material as firsthand testimony? In his analysis, Berland demonstrates the need for a new category to assess early modern history writing: the hybrid, accretional narrative"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Preface; List of Illustrations; Abbreviations and Short Titles; Introduction; William Byrd II of Westover; Taking up Land; How the Survey Was Executed; Accretion, Expansion, and Amplification; Byrd among the Literary Critics and Historians; Textual History; Byrd's Narratives; The Two Histories; Prehistory of The History of the Dividing Line; Byrd's Revisions; Editions of the Dividing Line Histories; Editorial Matters; Editorial Method; Internal Evidence; A Note on the Illustrations.
The History of the Dividing Line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina Run in the Year of Our Lord 1728Endnotes to The History of the Dividing Line; The Secret History of the Line; Introduction; The Secret History of the Line; Endnotes to The Secret History of the Line; Appendix 1: Dramatis Personae; Appendix 2: Bibliographical Notes; Bibliography of Works by William Byrd II; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z.
ISBN 9781469608273 (electronic bk.)
1469608278 (electronic bk.)
9781469633459
1469633450
9781469606934 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1469606933
OCLC # 879306185
Additional Format Print version: Byrd, William, 1674-1744. Histories of the dividing line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina. Dividing line histories of William Byrd II of Westover. Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, [2013] 9781469606934 (DLC) 2013028393 (OCoLC)811591323.


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