A History of a Voyage to the Coast of Africa and Travels into the Interior of that Country; Containing Particular Descriptions of the Climate and Inhabitants, and Interesting Particulars Concerning the Slave Trade. SLAVERY, Joseph Hawkins.

A History of a Voyage to the Coast of Africa and Travels into the Interior of that Country; Containing Particular Descriptions of the Climate and Inhabitants, and Interesting Particulars Concerning the Slave Trade

Troy: Printed for the author by Luther Pratt, 1797.

Hardcover. Good. Second edition, published in the same year as the first. ix, [11]-180 pp. Period calf with a more recent black spine label. Scuffed, repair to front hinge, lacking front free endpaper and frontispiece, owners' names/notes on endpapers, else good and sound. Hawkins, a 23-year-old Vermonter, sailed to West Africa on a slave ship and then traveled inland to help negotiate a trade relationship with the Ibo nation, surviving various perils. His sensational narrative, which is one of the earliest accounts of an African voyage by an American, was reportedly written to support him after disease contracted on the journey left him blind. (Evans 32239; Sabin 30956; Smith, American Travellers Abroad, H53).

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