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[Illustrated manuscript, possibly school essays, devoted to Barbados and to Petrarch].[The Netherlands, ca. 1840/50]. 4to (28×22 cm). Manuscript in Dutch, written in ink on paper, with 5 ink and wash drawings: a large view of Bridgetown, Barbados (11×14.5 cm) and smaller illustrations related to Petrarch. With the sewn quires loosely inserted in a contemporary wrapper.
An anonymous Dutch-language manuscript on paper, illustrated with 5 ink and ink wash drawings. It gives information about the present situation, some history, notes sugar cane as its most important product, and gives details of the number and value of Barbados's slaves in 1798 and 1809. It refers to Speightstown, "Hole" or "Jamestown" [=Holetown] and "Austins" [=Oistins] as the only other cities of importance on the island. The account of Barbados appears on pages 1 to 13, while pages 13 to 25, written in the same hand discuss the 14th-century Italian poet Petrarch, with 4 illustrations. The latest date mentioned in the account of Barbados is the estimated value of the slaves on the island in 1809. It does not mention the abolition of slavery there in 1834, but the manuscript must have been written somewhat later than that. The 3 sewn quires containing pp. 1-24 are loosely inserted in the folded sheet forming the wrapper and endpapers (with p. 25 of the text). Untrimmed and in very good condition, with only a faint marginal stain in the first leaf. The wrapper has a few small tears.
      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
Last Found On: 2014-08-22           Check availability:      NVvA    

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