Paris: Libraire-Editeur, 1847. First Edition. hardcover. 5 volumes. 8vo, contemporary 1/2 black morocco, vol. IV rebound in matching modern 1/2 black morocco with different color boards; (spine ends to most volumes slightly worn, scattered foxing). Paris: Libraire-Editeur, 1847, 1848. Very good (+). very good(+).
"Volumes I, II, IV, and V contain a Histoire Politique et Commerciale des Antilles by Dessalles himself; Volume III (on Martinique)...written by his grandfather, Pierre Dessalles, member of the Sovereign Council of Martinique, in 1786, and here reprinted with notes by his grandson. The work as a whole covers the history of the islands from colonial beginnings to the death of Louis XV, with special reference to the work of the French, an with emphasis on the connection between naval power and a colonial empire. Appendixes reproduce official documents relating to the French islands. These are of great value as many are inaccessible elsewhere." Ragatz, p. 162.