The Gold, Slave, and Ivory Coasts of Guinea

    William Bosman. A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea, Divided in the Gold, the Slave, and the Ivory Coasts. London: Printed for J. Knapton, D. Midwinter, B. Lintot, G. Strahan, J. Round, and E. Bell. 1721.

    Second edition. Small octavo. [6], 493 pages, plus a [16]-page index, and a [3]-page publisher's catalog. Translated into English from the original Dutch. With seven engraved plates and a fold-out frontispiece consisting of "an map of the whole Coast of Guinea that was not in the Original" by H. Moll.

    Old mottled calf with a gilt-stamped red morocco label on paneled spine. Some scarring to boards, with wear to edges. Hinges cracked, but binding is still quite tight. A few heavily toned pages; some dampstaining to the fore-edges of leaves at the rear. Occasional penciled marginalia. The fold-out map has an extremely faint old rubber stamp to its verso. Bookplates on both pastedowns. Very good.

    From the title page: "Containing a geographical, political and natural history of the kingdoms and countries, with a particular account of the rise, progress, and present condition of all the European settlements upon that coast; and the just measures for improving the several branches of the Guinea trade." From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

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