EDWARDS, Bryan (Introduction by). The Proceedings of the Governor and Assembly of Jamaica, in regard to the Maroon Negroes: Published by order of the Assembly. To which is prefixed, an introductory account, containing, observations on the disposition, character, manners, and habits of life, of the Maroons, and a Detail of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the late war between those people and the white inhabitants. London: Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, 1796 Contemporary speckled calf, 8vo. 2,iv,lxxxix,109,3pp. engraved frontispiece. The introduction of 89 pages is by Bryan Edwards (1743 – 1800), planter, writer and politician. The last three pages being publisher’s advertisements.
The frontispiece shows Leonard Parkinson, a Captain of the Maroons, taken from the life. Contemporary speckled calf with marbled endpapers, from the Somerville House library in their binding, with the armorial bookplate of Sir Marcus Somerville (d. 1831), the armorial bookplate of his son Lord Athlumney, William Meredyth Somerville, first Baron Athlumney (1802-1873), liberal politician, and armorial bookplate of Peter Garnett Agnew (1900-1990) Royal naval Commander and politician; stain to outer edge of frontispiece and slightly onto title, joints weak, a very nice copy. [Goldsmiths’-Kress library of economic literature, no. 16678. ESTC t072528]