30 April 2008
[KEIMER, Samuel, editor (1689-1742)]. Caribbeana. Containing letters and dissertations, together with poetical essays, chiefly wrote by several hands in the West-Indies. London: T. Osborne, J. Clarke [and 4 others], 1741.
2 volumes in one, 4° (219 x 170mm). (Margins waterstained.) Contemporary mottled calf, FFF stamp on spine (joints cracked, extremities worn, burn mark on upper cover). Provenance: Francis Ferrand Foljambe (binding).
A selection of articles from The Barbados Gazette 1731-38, the colony's first newspaper, founded by Keimer in 1731. 'This anthology has been found significant, both in its own right and as a primary source of Barbados cultural and social history' (ODNB). In addition to epigrams, satirical poems and love songs, the selection included 'divers papers relating to trade, government, and laws in general; but more especially to those of the British Sugar-Colonies, and of Barbados in particular'. Keimer had earlier been a printer and bookseller at Philadelphia, taking on the seventeen-year-old Benjamin Franklin as his assistant. RARE ON THE MARKET. Sabin 3174.
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