Original Author: Edward Maria Wingfield; edited by Charles Deane
Created: Written ca. 1608; published 1860
Medium: Title page
A Discourse of Virginia.” “””
This is the title page of Edward Maria Wingfield's A Discourse of Virginia, an account of his experiences as a founding member of Jamestown as well as a defense of his leadership of the Council of Virginia. Wingfield originally wrote his text after returning to England in 1608. The manuscript was rediscovered by scholars in the mid-nineteenth century and edited by Charles Deane, a member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society. One hundred copies of the forty-five page text were privately printed in Boston in 1860.