African Memoranda: Relative to an Attempt to Establish a British Settlement on the Island of Bulama, on the Western Coast of Africa, in the Year 1792...

Beaver, Captain Philip.

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London: Printed for C. and R. Baldwin, 1805. First edition 4to. xv + 500 pp. First blank page has 1-1/2" chip at bottom corner, two ink presentation inscriptions to former owners (dated 1827 and 1851). Ttle page soiled, dampstained, inkstamp (New England Historic Genealogical Society); bottom inner corner missing 3" x 2", and chip near spine 1-1/2" x 1" on pp. 39-40 both repaired with archival paper tape. Light finger soil, NEHGS inkstamps and repairs to closed tears on some interior pages. Faint dampstaining and foxing throughout. Two double-page engraving plates. Lacks folding map. Title cont'd: "..with a Brief Notice of the Neighbouring Tribes, Soil, Productions, &c., and Some Observations on the Facility of Colonizing that Part of Africa, with a View to Cultivation; and the Introduction of Letters and Religion to Its Inhabitants: But More Particularly as the Means of Gradually Abolishing African Slavery." An account of the ill-conceived and disastrous expedition to the island of Bulama; includes Beaver's journals and logs of the ships, the Constitution of the proposed government, descriptions of geography, climate, the Bijuga and Biafara peoples, more. Newly rebound in pale mottled gilt calf, green cloth boards, with new green endpapers. Ref. Cox 1, 398, Gay 3196, Brunet 28440. Fair to Good Quarter Leather (Item ID: 13397)


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