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BEATSON, Alexander (1759-1833). Tracts relative to the island of St. Helena; written during a residence of five years. London: printed W. Bulmer & Co., sold by G. & W. Nicol and J. Booth, 1816. 4° (282 x 220mm). Half-title. Engraved map, 6 aquatint plates by William Daniell after Samuel Davis. Original grey paper-covered boards, paper label to spine with letterpress titling 'Beatson's Tracts on St. Helena.' (small tears to label with slight loss, extremities rubbed). Provenance: John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon (1751-1838, signature, armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, a very fine copy. Beatson was a reforming governor whose measures were not always appreciated (there was a mutiny on the island in December 1811), but his main aim was to make the island more self-sufficient and less reliant on the East India Company. His period as governor lasted from 1808 to 1813. Abbey Travel I, 312; Gay 3088.
Alexander BEATSON. On the importance of introducing agriculture in the island of St. Helena. St.Helena: Hill & Brommer, 1812. 8° (200 x 130mm). 12pp. Drophead title. Modern wrappers.
Alexander BEATSON. Letter, from Colonel Alx. Beatson... to the Hon. the Chairman, and the Directors, for the affairs of the United East India Company; containing remarks upon a paper lately printed; entitled, "Observations relative to the Island St. Helena." St.Helena: printed for Solomon & Co., by Coupland & Hill, [no date but ?1812]. 8° (123 x 125mm). Modern wrappers. TWO VERY RARE PAMPHLETS BY BEATSON, from the first commercial printing press to be set up on the island. (3)
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