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John Augustine Waller
A voyage to the West Indies: containing various observations made during a residence in Barbadoes, and several of the Leeward Islands, with some notices and illustrations relative to the city of Paramabo, in Surinam. With engravings
London: Richard Philips, 1820. First edition, slim 8vo, pp. [4], 106; frontispiece map, 6 aquatint plates by Neele & Son after sketches by R. Stennett; near fine, sound copy in 20th century half brown morocco by Morrell, gilt-paneled spine, t.e.g. Issued as no. six of volume II of Phillips's series of Modern Voyages and Travels. "The author was a surgeon assigned to the naval hospital in Barbados in 1807 and later to a war vessel cruising through the islands. He spent about four years in Caribbean service and became thoroughly familiar with colonial society. His book presents an interesting picture of the rushing business conducted by the slave traders in Barbados on the eve of abolition and gives accounts of encounters with the Spanish and French during the course of the Napoleonic wars. The author saw little that was attractive in West Indian life and was greatly shocked by the general prevalence of immorality" (Ragatz, Guide For The Study Of British Caribbean History 1763-1834, p. 235). Sabin 101114. [Attributes: First Edition]
Vendeur: Rulon-Miller Books [Saint Paul, Minnesota, US]
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