London: printed for B. White and Son, at Horace’s Head Fleet-Street; and J. Sewell, Cornhill, 1788. First Edition. Full Calf. First edition. 8vo: iv,183,pp (p.142 mispaginated 147), with folding copper-engraved frontispiece of a view of the island Bananas and large folding map of part of the coast of Africa, from Cape St. Ann to the River Rionoonas. Contemporary tree-calf boards with braided gilt frame, neatly rebacked with original spine laid down, spine in six compartments stamped with gilt emblems in three, raised bands flanked by gilt rules, original red morocco lettering piece gilt. A superb copy, with virtually spotless pages within a handsome binding. Hogg 161. Cox I, p. 387. Gay 2852. Sabin 46888. Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 13533. Near Fine+. Item #BB1343
A good account of the country and its people conveyed in a series of letters written by a naval lieutenant during a residence in Sierra Leone, in the years 1785, 1786, and 1787. The final letter, added after Matthews's return to Liverpool, defends the slave trade. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.