London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1797. ,xxiii,,247pp. plus large folding map. Quarto. Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt, leather label. Front hinge cracked but holding, extremities lightly worn. Early bookplate on front pastedown covered by a newer slip of paper. Negligible foxing and soiling. Very good. Item #WRCAM47182
An important and informative work on the history of Santo Domingo, intended to be a complement to Edwards' extensive writings on the British West Indies. Born in England in 1743, Edwards was a wealthy West Indies planter, merchant, and member of the colonial assembly. Much of this history of Santo Domingo deals with the slave revolts of the early 1790s and the conditions of the local blacks; and though Edwards did not favor the abolition of slavery, he was in favor of a regulation of the slave trade. Several tables give statistics for imports and exports for the island. "The author condemns the French settlers' treatment of the negroes and passes severe judgment upon the former's conduct toward the English who came to aid from Jamaica in 1793. Edwards was opposed to the island's passing under British control and thus competing with the old sugar colonies in the home market" - Ragatz. SABIN 21894. MAGGS BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA 1210. JCB (1)III:3870. BISSAINTHE 5642. RAGATZ, p.164 (later ed). HARMSWORTH TRUST SALE 1797.