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European Colonies, in Various Parts of the World...

viewed in their social, moral, and physical condition.

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Published: London Richard Bentley, 1834

Stock Code: 120995

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First edition, well represented institutionally but commercially uncommon; a most attractively presented copy in a superior contemporary binding. John Howison (1797-1859) was a Scot who from 1818 to 1820 travelled in Quebec and Ontario, and whose Sketches of Canada (1821), published when he was still in his mid-twenties, "was an immediate success and is one of the best documentary sources for pioneer life in Canada" (ODNB). In 1822 he went to Bombay as an assistant surgeon with the East India Company and "was stationed in Poona in 1825, and belonged to the literary society there. Descriptions of the life of the foreign colony in Bombay and a journey through the Deccan with Major-General Sir Lionel Smith can be found in Howison's Foreign Scenes and Travelling Recreations (1825)" (ibid.). He also began contributing stories - largely "tales of terror" - to Blackwood's Magazine and has been described as "an important early contributor" (Anthony Jarrells in Romanticism and Blackwood's Magazine: 'An Unprecedented Phenomenon', 2013, p. 271). However, "he demonstrated that he was more than an author of light travel works and fiction with his unjustly neglected European Colonies Viewed in their Social, Moral, and Physical Condition (1834). In this, his most ambitious work, Howison's analysis ranges over Africa, India, the Caribbean, and the Arctic" (ODNB). Volume I is given over to west and south Africa and India; volume II to a continuation of India, then the Arctic, West Indies, and British America. Howison is one of the most interesting British travel writers of the first half of the 19th century.

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2 volumes, octavo (213 x 132 mm). Contemporary green calf, richly gilt spines with central floral motifs, dark red twin labels, concentric gilt and blind stamped ornamental panels on sides, gilt Greek-key roll tool on turn-ins, marbled edges and endpapers.


Late 19th-century engraved rococo-style armorial bookplates of Henry James Wilkinson, with his inscription in volume I ("H. J. Wilkinson from his friend Chas. Lipscomb") and pencilled ownership inscriptions of Charles Henry Lipscomb; both men were clerics, Lipscomb in Norfolk and Wilkinson in Staffordshire, and had been at Oxford together; 20th-century bookplate of Peter and Margery Morris (Faskally, Perthshire). Extremities a little rubbed, touch of foxing in places. A very good set, with half-titles.


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