London: Printed by J. Brown, at the Printing Office... Entered at Stationers Hall, 1791. viii, 82,  pp, as issued, with the half title. Untrimmed. The half title has a long, repaired closed tear at the blank lower portion, with no loss. Very Good. Some manuscript notations, and learned printed footnotes.
Prince Madog discovered America in the year 1170 and founded a Welsh tribe of Indians west of the Mississippi River. An account of the tribe is given by Cherokee Chief Bowles. At least, so says Williams, whose thesis was evidently so popular that a second edition issued in 1792.
"The propositions of the learned author in favor of the existence of a tribe of Welsh Indians, are so well sustained by veritable evidence, and yet so positively known to be untrue, that it makes us doubt the value of all ratiocination. He adduces the positive testimony of more than twenty persons who had visited, or spoken with them in that language. Of all the conjectures regarding the origin of the Indians, not one has been fortified by a tithe of the absolute evidence of respectable authorities and witnesses Mr. Williams obtained, and yet not a single scholar has been convinced. If such a cordon of impregnable proofs can be thrown around a totally improbable hypothesis, there will be little we cannot doubt and nothing we may believe" [Field].
FIRST EDITION. Howes W462aa. Field 1664. Sabin 104276. ESTC T32773. Brinley Sale 5472. Item #36260