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ATWOOD, Thomas. The History of the Island of Dominica. Containing a Description of its Situation, Extent, Climate, Mountains, Rivers, Natural Productions, &c. London: J. Johnson, 1791.
8° (212 x 127mm). 'Proposals for printing by subscription' leaf at end for Stedman, Narrative of an Expedition Against the Revolted Negros... in South America. (Title very lightly spotted.) 18th-century calf (spine restored).
Only edition of Atwood's 'succinct account' of the island of Dominica (Sabin), written thirty years after the island was ceded to the British. Having spent several years in Dominica, Atwood's aim in writing this history was to promote the its importance as a key position from which the British could maintain sovereignty over the West Indies. Sabin 2343; Cundall, Bibliography of the West Indies, 175; and two others, Symington Grieve, Notes upon the Island of Dominica. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1906, and Stranger in the Tropics: being a Hand-Book for Havana and Guide Book for Travellers in Cuba, Puerto Rico and St Thomas. New York: American News Company, 1868. (3)
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