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COTTER, Richard. Sketches of Bermuda or Somers' Islands. London: Effingham Wilson, 1828.
8° (225 x 135mm). Engraved portrait of the Reverend William Dowson by W. T. Fry after J. Renton, 4 lithographic plates, 3 folding, including frontispiece, one folding lithographic map. (Neat marginal restoration to portrait leaf, occasional light offsetting or marginal browning.) 19th-century green cloth (faded). Provenance: PRESENTATION COPY from the author to Edward Lawes Esq (presentation inscription to title) -- George Watson Cole (armorial bookplate).
SCARCE. FIRST EDITION OF AN EARLY ACCOUNT OF BERMUDA and its inhabitants by a naval officer. In his preface Cotter comments on the 'obscurity in which the Bermuda's Islands have remained in point of historical facts', and declares his intention to 'glean all I could' during his stay in the Colony. The remarkable lithographic plates include views of the Dock Yard at Bermuda, a coastal profile of 'Murray's Anchorage, Bermuda' and a Calabash Tree at Walsingham. Sabin 17032.
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