London: J. Johnson, 1796.
Engraved frontispiece in the first volume, and 2 title page vignettes, plus 79 (of 80) fine copper engravings from drawings made by the author and engraved by William Blake, Bartolozzi and others, which include 3 folding maps and 1 folding panoramic view. 2 volumes. Small 4tos, recent brown blind stamped polished calf, red spine labels. London: J. Johnson & J. Edwards, 1796. First edition. A very good (-) copy with decent margins, though title is cropped close on fore-edge side, and footer text has been partially cropped on some of the plates. Light foxing throughout and some staining in gutter at rear of volume one; plate 35 is amateurishly "colored."
John Gabriel Stedman (1744-1797) was a distinguished British Dutch soldier and noted author. His first-hand observation and depiction of slavery and other aspects of colonization became an important tool in the abolitionist cause. He described as well all aspects of natural lie in this South American colony. An imperfect copy of the true first edition with tiny "Blake" engraved beside the cannon on first title vignette.
Condition: Very Good(-)