The History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies
London, 1794-1801, 1801. THIRD EDITION, 11 maps and 10 engraved plates, 3 vols, 4to,contemporary calf, gilt paneled spines all 3 Vols professionally re-backed into the original tree calf binding.The third edition contains 14 maps and plates more than the first edition, additional volume three, printed just before the author's death. Edwards inherited a plantation in Jamaica from his uncle and is in a position to give a first hand account of conditions after the American War and before the abolition of the slave trade. He presents a general description of the natural history and inhabitants of the islands, the slave trade, agriculture, sugar, cotton, coffee, etc. and various government documents dealing with Barbados, Grenada, St.Vincent, and Leeward Island. .Bryan Edwards was a renown English politician and historian, and a strong supporter of the slave trade. Originally published in 1793, the first two volumes were History, Civil and Commercial, of the British Colonies in the West Indies. In 1797, a companion volume, Historical Survey of the French Colony in the Island of St. Domingo was released. In the 1794 edition, both titles were consolidated into a three volume collection. They provide a comprehensive account of the colonial histories of several islands, including source documents, detailed maps, letters and ledgers. This has been translated into German and, in part, into French and Spanish. A fifth edition was issued in 1819. This Copy has extremely crisp text and plates.