30 April 2008
EDWARDS, Bryan (1743-1800). The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. London: John Stockdale, 1793-1794.
2 volumes only (of 3), 4° (264 x 198mm). 16 engraved maps and plates, 6 folding letterpress tables. (Occasional spotting and soiling, tiny hole to 3P1 in vol. I.) Contemporary mottled calf, gilt fillet and dotted roll tool borders, gilt spines with black morocco labels and FFF stamp at foot, marbled endpapers (lightly rubbed, contemporary patch to lower board of vol. II). Provenance: Francis Ferrand Foljambe (binding).
Second edition. Differs from the first edition of 1793 in containing the 24pp. 'List of maps and plates', preface and 'Catalogue of the more valuable and rare plants growing in the Publick Botanick Garden ... Jamaica' with its own fly-title. A much expanded version of Edwards' An Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo was included as volume III, not present here. Sabin 21901.
Together with Richard Ligon's True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes (London, 1673), lacking one engraved plan, frontispiece map torn with severe loss. Sabin 41058; Wing L-2076. (3)
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