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  • Jamaica]

    Published by Printed by Alex. Aikman, Junior, [Kingston, 1823

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    24pp. 12mo. Dbd., signatures loose. Some soiling throughout. In good condition. A rare Jamaican imprint, giving the names of the proprietors on the island, the name of their properties, and the number of slaves and livestock that they owned. The list is very detailed, and is divided by parishes. Though without an imprint, we believe that it was printed by Alexander Aikman, Jr., official printer to the Jamaican government, and the son of a printer who ran one of the early presses on Jamaica. According to Cundall, Alexander Aikman, Jr. began publishing Jamaica almanacs in 1812. OCLC locates no copies of this RETURN. for the March Quarter of 1823. Any surviving ephemeral material from Jamaica in this period is rare. CUNDALL, p.89 (ref).

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM39303

  • Seller image for A REVIEW OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA, THE BRITISH PROVINCES, AND WEST INDIA ISLANDS. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    United States Laws]

    Published by London, 1790

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    vi,[4],240,245-259pp. (as issued). Modern half calf and marbled boards, leather label. Ink library stamp and embossed blindstamp on titlepage, some minor ink annotations, mild toning. Very good. An early comparative analysis of the laws of the fledgling United States. Includes chapters on commercial regulations, revenue laws, slavery, the Constitution, and an early printing of the Northwest Ordinance, which was enacted just three years earlier. Possibly based on A SUMMARY REVIEW OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH-AMERICA, THE BRITISH PROVINCES AND WEST-INDIES (1788). Scarce. SABIN 70241. ESTC T139307.

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  • Sugar Trade]

    Published by [London, 1731

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    3,[1]pp. Folio. Vertical fold reinforced with tissue. Minor soiling. Very good. A protest against a Bill to restrain the northern colonies from trading with the French and Dutch sugar islands. One of five editions published, all rather scarce. Only four copies of this edition noted by ESTC - at the National Archives, New-York Historical Society, University of Michigan, and the University of Minnesota. European Americana also notes Yale and JCB. ESTC N15514. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 731/37.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM46721

  • Sugar Trade]

    Published by [London, 1731

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    3,[1]pp. Folio. Vertical fold reinforced with tissue. Very light foxing and wear. Very good. A protest against a bill to restrain the northern colonies from trading with the French and Dutch sugar islands. One of two editions published. Only four copies located by ESTC: British Library, BibliothŔque National, John Carter Brown Library, and University of Minnesota. ESTC T20672. HANSON 4222. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 731/39.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM46722

  • Seller image for A NEW ATLAS OF THE BRITISH WEST INDIES, WITH A WHOLE SHEET GENERAL MAP OF THE WEST INDIA ISLANDS, AND A WHOLE SHEET MAP OF THE ISLAND OF HISPANIOLA, OR ST. DOMINGO for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Edwards, Bryan: [Humphreys, James, publisher]: [Seymour, Joseph H., engraver]

    Published by James Humphreys, Philadelphia, 1806

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    Two leaves of text and eleven maps (three folding). Quarto. Original marbled boards, neatly rebacked in antique calf, spine gilt, leather label. Text leaves lightly toned, scattered foxing to maps. Slight separation at folds of Hispaniola map. A few small tears at edges. About very good. A rare early American atlas, published to accompany the Philadelphia edition of Bryan Edwards' HISTORY OF THE WEST INDIES (1806), first published in London in 1793. Edwards (1743-1800) was a British politician and sometime Jamaica planter. "Edwards was a diligent and able writer of West Indian history. Of his literary works, the most important is his two-volume HISTORY, CIVIL AND COMMERCIAL, OF THE BRITISH COLONIES IN THE WEST INDIES, published in London in 1793. According to Elsa Goveia, its scope is large, providing 'a complete account of the British islands - their origin and progress, their political system, their inhabitants, customs, institutions, agriculture and commerce.' Edwards wrote that he attempted 'to describe the manners and dispositions of the present inhabitants, as influenced by climate, situation, and other local causes.an account of the African slave trade, some observations on the negro character and genius, and reflections on the system of slavery established in our colonies.' This classic work ran into five editions, was expanded to five volumes in the last edition, which appeared in 1819, and was translated into French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, and Italian" - DNB. This production is notable as a piece of early American cartography. The first American atlas of any kind was produced in 1794 by Mathew Carey, also of Philadelphia. James Humphreys (1748-1810) was an ambitious Philadelphia printer who began printing prior to the Revolution. His unwillingness to openly side with the American cause during the war resulted in his being labeled as a Loyalist, which had a somewhat negative impact on his later career. He left Philadelphia with the British, moving to New York and then later to England and Nova Scotia before returning to Philadelphia in 1797 to reestablish his press. This handsome atlas is one of the most important of his publications from his later career. The maps were engraved by Joseph H. Seymour, an American-trained engraver who began working for Isaiah Thomas in Worcester, Massachusetts as early as 1791. He worked for Thomas extensively until relocating to Philadelphia from about 1803 to 1822, where he continued his trade as an engraver, producing this atlas, among his other works. The maps are as follows: "A General Map of the West Indies," as well as individual maps of Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Christopher and Nevis, Antigua, the Virgin Islands, Tobago, and Hispaniola. The "General Map" as well as the maps of Jamaica and Hispaniola are larger, folding sheets. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 10342. DNB (online).

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM46236

  • Saint Domingue]: [Haiti]: Largues, Chevalier de

    Published by [Cap Franšais, Saint Domingue], 1790

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    Watercolor, 10 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches, mounted on 12 3/4 x 18-inch card captioned in manuscript. Some expertly repaired tears and minor soiling. Very good. Matted. A fine perspective view of Place de Montarcher, one of the major public spaces in Cap Franšais, modern-day Cap Ha´tien, with the large ValliŔre & Montarcher fountain at center, surrounded by a lively street scene. Cap Franšais was by far the richest port city in the colony, which helped transform Saint Domingue from a languid outpost into one of France's most profitable and richest colonies by the time of the French Revolution. The image is signed: "Le Cher Largues. pinxit 1790." Original views from 18th-century Haiti are extraordinarily rare in the market.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM51150