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BOOTHBY, Richard. A Breife Discovery or Description of the most Famous Island of Madagascar or St Laurence. London: for John Hardesty, 1646. 4° (195 x 148mm). Woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. (Title mounted on guard, small repair upper right corner, errata leaf with losses and neatly window mounted at end.) 18th-century russia gilt (rebacked retaining original spine, corners slightly worn). Provenance: marginal annotations in brown ink in a contemporary hand -- Crosby Gaige (paper label).
First edition of Boothby's pamphlet on Madagascar. A merchant associated with East India trade, Boothby puts forth a plea for colonising the island, forseeing huge benefits to English trade by 'Setling an English Plantation' there. Its publication was delayed for two years by a 'captious [sic] licenser' who considered the island to be part of Africa, whereas Boothby insisted it was part of Asia. Grandidier, 512.
[Richard BOOTHBY]. A True Declaration of the Intollerable wrongs done to Richard Boothby. [N.p.], June 10, 1644. 4° (180 x 135mm). Woodcut intials, head- and tailpieces. (A few light stains to title, upper edge closely cropped affecting running title to one leaf). 20th-century speckled calf-backed boards, spine titled in gilt. Provenance: marginal annotations in a 17th-century hand.
Richard Boothby's petition to vindicate his name following the actions of Richard Wylde and George Page of the East India Company. (2)
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