The History, civil and commercial, of The British Colonies in the West Indies:
in two volumes ... The Second Edition, Illustrated with Maps.
First published the previous year, this account is reckoned the best of the 18th century. According to Elsa Goveia, its scope is large, providing “a complete account of the British islands — their origin and progress, their political system, their inhabitants, customs, institutions, agriculture and commerce” (Goveia, Historiography, 80–81). Edwards wrote that he attempted “to describe the manners and dispositions of the present inhabitants, as influenced by climate, situation, and other local causes … an account of the African slave trade, some observations on the negro character and genius, and reflections on the system of slavery established in our colonies” (Edwards, History). This classic work ran into five editions, was expanded to five volumes in the last edition, which appeared in 1819, and was translated into French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and Italian (Ragatz, Guide, 164–5). “It was a deservedly popular work” (Cox II, p. 228).
2 volumes, quarto. Contemporary mottled calf, board edges hatched in gilt, sometime rebacked retaining old labels. Frontispiece to each volume, 8 maps (2 folding) and 5 plates. Armorial bookplates of Sir Martin Browne ffolkes, 1st Baronet (1749–1821). Corners a little worn, sprinkling of worm to boards, a single small wormhole to textblock at end of vol. I, a very good copy.
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