Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

An Account of the Campaign in the West Indies in the Year 1794 [COPY OF SIR GEORGE NUGENT] [LARGE PAPER COPY]

London: Printed by T. Bensley for G. Nicol, B. and J. White, and J. Robson, 1796. First edition. Hardcover. Elephant folio. [4], iv, [12], 149, [3]; [2], 62pp. Period brown leather boards, with gilt ruling. Spine re-backed with gilt lettering, ruling and tooling on the spine. Raised bands. Edges of book block in gilt. Gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Large paper copy, with pages measuring 18.5x 13". Interior front cover with the engraved bookplate of British Army officer Sir George Nugent (1757-1849), who at one time served as Governor of Jamaica as well as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in India.

This work is Reverend Cooper Willyams' (1762-1818) illustrated account of his time spent with the British military during the 1794 West Indies campaigns of the Napoleonic wars. Cooper was enlisted as chaplain of the HMS Boyne, flagship of the Vice Admiral John Jervis (1735-1823) who commanded the British fleet during these campaigns, including the battle of Battle of Martinique (Feb-March) and the Invasion of Guadeloupe (April-December). During these engagements and others, the fleet supported the British Army, under the command of General Sir Charles Grey (1729-1807).

This copy of the work is complete with 10 engraved images by Willyams to accompany the text throughout, including 2 maps and 8 aquatints (2 smaller images together in one plate, 4 full-page, and 2 in text images at the end), as called for in the list of plates, and as described in Abbey. In our copy the full-page images measure on average 17x10", but are not hand-colored, and remain monochromatic. It is interesting to note that the the second of the smaller aquatints, stated in the contents to be bound opposite p.28, is in fact printed together with the previous smaller image and bound opposite p.22. Images here include a detailed topographical map of the Island of Martinique and a map of Fort Bourbon (Martinique), as well as views of the Bay of Maran and Pigeon Island (Martinique), the bay and town of St. Pierre (Martinique), 2 views of the Storming of Fort Louis (Martinique), the Bridge over the river Gallion (Guadeloupe), Pointe-à-Pitre harbor (Guadeloupe) and Fort Fleur D'Epee (Guadeloupe). All images are captioned underneath and credited, with most being dated as well.

Also included are a preface, list of subscribers, and table of contents at the front, as well as the aforementioned detailed list of plates and an extensive appendix consisting of officers orders and firsthand accounts.

Binding with some minor cracking to the boards. Interior covers and endpapers with some damp staining along the edges. Interior with pages throughout lightly foxed and or damp stained, mostly in the margins, with most images still quite clean and vibrant. Binding tight. Binding in very good, interior very good- condition overall. vg- to vg. Item #52833

Signature collation: 2 parts each with separate register and pagination. a-d2, B-Z2, 2A-2Q2; a1, b-o2, p1, q-r2

Bibliographic reference: [Abbey Travel 677].

Price: $8,750.00

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