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Byrd's Line: A Natural History

By: Stephen Conrad Ausband

187 pages, 1 map

University of Virginia Press

Paperback | Mar 2008 | #172450 | ISBN-13: 9780813921358
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Hardback | Dec 2002 | #142868 | ISBN: 0813921341
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About this book

In 1728, William Byrd, master of Westover plantation, undertook a journey with a troop of surveyors to determine the exact boundary between North Carolina and Virginia. He recorded his acute observations of natural phenomena in two classics of colonial literature. Ausband follows in his footsteps.

Byrd's published journals and Ausband's own observations form the dual basis of Byrd's Line, which reads like a journal, travelogue, and field book all rolled in one. Ausband likens the book to a conversation in which he matches Byrd's recordings with our modern landscape. - Hampton Roads Monthly "Ausband's book is a labor of love and a bid to re-experience what Byrd saw, felt, and even heard." - William and Mary Quarterly "By consulting segments of Virginia gentleman William Byrd's writings as he worked on mapping the state line in 1728 and combining them with modern explanations of some of the explorer's more colorful descriptions of what he saw, Ausband has written a lively book that features a dialogue between past and present." - Our State "A... substantial work that is not only authoritative but also a pleasure to read." - Virginia Magazine of History and Biography"

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Stephen Conrad Ausband is Professor of English at Averett University. He is the author of Outdoors Year Round: A Guide to Fishing and Hunting in Coastal Virginia and North Carolina, Myth and Meaning, Myth and Order, and of numerous articles for Virginia Wildlife and other publications.

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