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DODDS, James.

Records of the Scottish Settlers in the River Plate and their Churches.

With an introduction by J. W. Fleming.

Published: Buenos Aires: Grant and Sylvester, 1897

Stock code: 112163

Price: £250

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First and only edition of this valuable work, including the first printed passenger list of the Symmetry, the ship which sailed from Leith in 1825 carrying 220 colonists who later that year founded the first Scottish settlement in the United Provinces of the River Plate, modern-day Argentina, at Monte Grande. Uncommon: descendants of some of the original settlers reputedly objected to the revelation that their ancestors had been servants, and many copies were destroyed. Dodds (1795-1896) was a Presbyterian Minister, as was Fleming, according to whom “it is unquestionably the Presbyterian faith that has united Scotsmen into a community in these Republics” (Introduction).

Octavo (222 x 140 mm). Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt rules to spine extending over covers in blind, blue coated endpapers. Photographic portrait frontispiece with tissue guard, 15 plates. Spine lightly sunned, light rubbing to extremities, upper outer corner of front board a little bumped, very occasional mild foxing. A very good copy.

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