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The History Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. In two volumes.
Dublin: Luke White. 1793 - xxiv, 491pp; x, [1], 3-460, [3], 461-474, [6]pp, folding map, 4 folding tables at the end. 8vo. The main text of vol. II starts on p[3], but the volume is complete and collates with the copy in Trinity College Library. Small tear without loss to map. Full contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt decorated spines, red morocco labels; hinges sl. cracked but very firm. Nice copy. Armorial bookplate of John O'Donnell, later ownership name & short note on inner front board vol. I. ESTC T136755. The first Dublin edition. Bryan Edwards, a gentleman of Southampton, was a Jamaican planter and politician and a staunch opponent of the anti-slavery movement. His History, first published in 1793, represented the position of the moderate planter, emphasizing the value of the sugar islands to Britain, and was written largely from self-interest. 'He used his writing to defend slavery and the planters, and yet claimed to be opposed in principle to both the slave trade and slavery stating that he was ?no friend to slavery, in any shape, or under any modification? In fact, he was bitterly opposed to abolition and tried to counter abolitionist arguments by claiming that the reform of slavery and the slave trade had begun in practice. Edwards also suggested some ideas about the ways in which slavery might gradually be phased out, positing that enslaved people could 'be attached to the land, and sold with it', likening this to the reforms that had once been made to the system of villeinage in Europe.' (Ref: British links and the West Indian Pro-slavery Argument, by Christer Petley.) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers]
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