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    Wadstrom's Classic, Two Volumes in One

    C. B. Wadstrom. An Essay on Colonization, Particularly Applied to the Western Coast of Africa, with Some Free thoughts on Cultivation and Commerce; also Brief Descriptions of the Colonies Already Formed, or Attempted, in Africa, Including Those of Sierra Leona and Bulama. London: Printed for the Author by Darton and Harvey, 1794 and 1795.

    First edition. Two quarto volumes in one. iv,196; 363 pages, plus index, appendices, contents, and advertisements. With four engraved plates and plans, one folded leaf of text, and one large folding map.

    Modern quarter leather over paper boards. Gilt lettering on spine containing five raised bands. Pages toned, with moderate foxing throughout. An inscription appears on the half-title page of Volume I reading "Presented to the Pennsylvania Colonization Society by S[tephen] Colwell, July 19, 1856"; it appears that someone has tried, perhaps, to remove the ink with some sort of solvent, resulting in a cloud of discoloration around the inscription. Light dampstaining affects the title page of Volume I and two leaves following. Title page and several of the plates bear an embossed stamp of the James B. Ford Library in the Explorers Club in New York, and a few pages have an Explorers Club rubber stamp. Bookplate. Very good.

    C. B. Wadstrom, a strong advocate of colonial expansion, embarked on something of an anthropological and geographical exploration of West Africa that ended in 1788. One of the results of his travels was this "massive two-part Essay on Colonization [... in which] we see Wadstrom's vision for a world void of slavery, and what he believes can be a great boon for the civilization of Africa and European commerce" (Caulker, The African British Long Eighteenth Century, pp. 92-94). From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

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