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HAMOND, William (fl.1643). A Paradox. Prooving, That the Inhabitants of the Isle called Madagascar, or St. Laurence, (In Temporall things) are the happiest People in the World. London: for Nathaniell Butter, 1640. 2 parts in one volume. 4° (186 x 140mm). Part-title, woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. Tan calf gilt by Riviere and Son (spine faded). STC 12735.
W. HAMOND. Madagascar, The Richest and most Fruitfull Island in the World. London: for Nicolas Bourne, 1643. 4° (183 x 128mm). Woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. (A few light spots to title, light stain to final leaf, a few margins slightly cropped). 18th-century red morocco gilt (spine faded).
First editions of Hamond's fascinating accounts of the island of Madagascar. Sent by the East India Company to report on the advisability of colonising the island, Hamond produced these two reports. The first comprises a description of the island, the climate and native people, followed by the benefits it would have to offer as an annexe for servicing East India Company ships. Grandidier 2396 and 2397. (2)
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