21 September 2005
BRYAN EDWARDS (1743-1800)
The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. London: John Stockdale, 1793-1793-1801. 3 volumes, 4° (272 x 215mm.) Half title in vol.III. 22 engraved maps and plates (comprised of: 1 portrait of the author, 11 maps [3 folding] and 10 plates), 6 folding letterpresss tables. (Half titles lacking in volumes I and II, small tears to folding maps, imprint shaved of plate facing 391 in vol.I, some light spotting and browning). Contemporary speckled calf gilt, covers with roll-tool border, spines in six compartments with raised bands, the bands flanked by gilt fillets, blue morocco lettering-pieces in the second and third compartments (joints of vols.I and III split). THE FIRST TWO VOLUMES FIRST EDITIONS, the third volume a second much expanded edition of Edwards' 'Historical Survey of ... St. Domingo' (see below). Goldsmiths' 16043; Kress B2709; Sabin 21901.
BRYAN EDWARDS. An Historical Survey of the French Colony in the island of St. Domingo. London: John Stockdale, 1797. 4° (275 x 215mm). 1p. errata. 1 folding engraved map. (Map spotted, without front blank.) Contemporary speckled calf gilt, bound to accompany the set above, covers with roll-tool border, spine in six compartments with raised bands, the bands flanked by gilt fillets, blue/green morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment. FIRST EDITION. The second edition of this work (included as 'vol.III' in the above set of Edwards' 'West Indies') is almost a new work as it includes 171 more pages of text. Kress B3385; Sabin 21894. (4)
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