Item #69040 Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, Captain J. G. STEDMAN.
Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,
Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,
Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,
Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,
Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,
Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,
Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,

Large Paper Issue With Eighty-Three Hand-colored Plates and Maps, of Which Sixteen are Engraved by Blake

BLAKE, William.

Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the wild coast of South America; from the year 1772, to 1777: elucidating the history of that country, and describing its productions, viz. quadrupeds, birds, fishes, reptiles, trees, shrubs, fruits, & roots; with an account of the indians of Guiana, & negroes of Guinea....illustrated with 80 elegant engravings from drawings made by the author.

London: Printed for J. Johnson and J. Edwards, 1796.

. Narrative of a Five Years’ Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam,. in Guiana, on the wild coast of South America; from the year 1772, to 1777: elucidating the history of that country, and describing its productions, viz. quadrupeds, birds, fishes, reptiles, trees, shrubs, fruits, & roots; with an account of the indians of Guiana, & negroes of Guinea....illustrated with 80 elegant engravings from drawings made by the author. London: Printed for J. Johnson and J. Edwards, 1796.

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STEDMAN, Captain J.G. Narrative, of a Five Years’ Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America; from the year 1772, to 1777: elucidating the history of that country, and describing its productions, viz. quadruple, birds, fishes, reptiles, trees, shrubs, fruits, & roots; with an account of the Indians of Guiana, & Negroes of Guinea. Illustrated with 80 elegant engravings, from drawings made by the author. London: Printed by J. Johnson, 1796.

First edition, deluxe hand-colored large paper issue. Among Blake's finest work as a book illustrator. Two quarto volumes (11 1/2 x 9 inches; 290 x 228 mm). xviii, 407 (ie 415 as usual), [1, blank], [7, index, directions for placing the plates and errata], [1, blank]; iv, 404, [7, index, directions for placing the plates and errata], [1, blank] pp. Some plates watermarked 1794. Complete with eighty-three hand-colored etched plates including frontispiece (first volume), both title-pages with etched vignettes and eighty plates of which sixteen were engraved by Blake and five are folding (maps and plates). Two of the plates are heightened in gold. All after Stedman. Colored copies of the first edition are rare. this list of subscribers shows only about 200.

Full contemporary marbled calf, rebacked. boards ruled and tooled in gilt. Spines with red and black morocco spine labels, lettered in gilt. Spines stamped in gilt. Drab green endpapers. Gilt dentelles. Gilt board edges. All edges marbled. Boards with some rubbing and corners a bit bumped. In volume I, C5 with a closed tear, repaired not affecting text. Leaves Y-Y3 with neat repairs to top margins, just barley touching headline. Leaf Y4 with closed tear to bottom margin, neatly repaired and just touching a few letters. In volume II, leaf Qq3 with a closed tear neatly repaired at bottom margin, not affecting text. Some general toning and light staining, but overall very good with beautiful hand-colored plates.

“Stedman, an officer in the Scots Brigade in Holland, volunteered for service against the negroes in Dutch Guiana. While out there he to all intents married the subject of Number 9 [facing p. 95], Joanna, a Mulatto, and had a son by her, who became a midshipman in the British Navy, but died young. The author emerges as a most interesting and sympathetic character. As Lowndes rightly says the book is as entertaining as a romance. It will be noticed that William Blake engraved thirteen plates, while three plates were engraved by Bartolozzi”. "Many of the plates, it will be noticed, were engraved by [William] Blake, who had learnt his trade from Basire, to whom he was apprenticed for seven years from August 1772. As Keynes says in his bibliography From 1791 until 1800 Blake did much of his work as a journeyman engraver for the booksellers" (Abbey). Keynes eventually decided that Blake was responsible for sixteen of the plates.

"Both text and plates made a strong impression on reviewers. The Analytical Review, XXIV (Sept. 1796), said 'The numerous plates... are neatly engraved, and are, we have great reason to believe, faithful and correct delineations of objects described in the work.' The Critical Review (jan. 1797) praised the engravings as being 'in a style of uncommon elegance'" (Bentley).

Bentley 499A. Cox II, p. 285; Abbey, Travel, 719. Sabin 91075. Cundall, West Indies, 1715. Ray England 2.

HBS 69040.

$17,500.

Price: $17,500.00

Item #69040