Edward's History of the West Indies

    Bryan Edwards. The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. Dublin: Luke White, 1793.

    First Dublin edition, the same year as the true first (London) edition. Two octavo volumes. xxiv, 491, [3, blank]; [2, blank], x, [3, sic, - 480] pages. With folding map inserted at front of Volume I and with five folding tables inserted at the end of Volume II.

    Bound in modern half black morocco over marbled boards, spines tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands. One short tear to map. Still a near fine copy with bright and clean text.

    "He [Edwards] articulated the planter view concerning the value of the West Indian colonies to Great Britain, and opposed the abolition of the slave trade. Edwards disputed European scientific speculation that the 'New World' environment retarded nature, although his scientific interests have largely gone unnoticed. Elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 1794, he became a Member of Parliament in 1796, and wrote a History of Haiti in the following year. As Secretary of the African Association, Edwards edited the African travel journals of Mungo Park" (Royal Society online).

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