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Narrative of a five years' expedition against the revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the wild coast of South America, from the year 1772, to 1777, elucidating the history of that country, and describing its productions, viz. quadrupedes, birds, fishes, reptiles, trees, shrubs, fruits, & roots : with an account of the Indians of Guiana, & Negroes of Guinea /
by Captn. J.G. Stedman ; illustrated with 80 elegant engravings, from drawings made by the author.
imprint
London : Printed by J. Johnson, St. Pauls Church Yard, & J. Edwards, Pall Mall, 1796.
description
2 volumes (xviii, 407, [8]; iv, 404, [7] pages, 81 unnumbered leaves of plates (some folded)): illustrations, folded maps, plans, portraits ; 27 cm. (4to)
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imprint
London : Printed by J. Johnson, St. Pauls Church Yard, & J. Edwards, Pall Mall, 1796.
citation/reference
Bentley, G.E., Blake books, 499A
Cf. Bentley, G.E., Blake books, 740
general note
"List of Subscribers Names": pages [vii]-[xiv].
"The 81 plates are dated Dec. 1792, Dec. 1793, Dec. 1794, and Dec. 1795, and 39 have no engraver's name. Thirteen are signed "Blake Sculpt."; besides these, GEB & Keynes (1921) are confident that Blake also engraved the plates opposite volume 1, page 227; volume 2, page 104; and volume 2, page 296, which are not signed."--Cf. Bentley.
Copies are often found coloured; those in which Gold is used may have been coloured early. Keynes (Blake studies [1971], 103) says that, besides the ordinary copies of 21.5 x 26.6 cm., there are copies on large paper of 23 x 29.5 cm. with the imprint in Vol. I as 'London Printed by J. Johnson ... (the Vol. II imprint is corrected as above) and 'the plates admirably coloured by hand'--Bentley.
Errata on last leaf of each volume.
Includes indexes.
Of the other sixty-five plates 13 are signed by Barlow, 7 by T. Conder, 3 by Bartolozzi, 2 each by Benedetti and A. Smith, and 1 each by T. Holloway and Perry.
The name of Blake (Mr. Wm.) London is on page [viii] in the list of "Subscribers Names".
The title pages are engraved, with vignettes.
Volume 1: includes extra-numbered pages *11-*14, *29-*30.
local note
RBSC copy 2: Large paper copy. The plates are hand-coloured. With the bookplate of James Whatman.
ROM copy bears armorial bookplate for William Tennant, Ashton Hall.
Victoria University Library copy (Blake Suppl. no. 197) bound in contemporary marbled boards rebacked with modern calf, original gilt edges, lettered in gilt.
Victoria University Library copy (Blake Suppl. no. 197) is large paper copy. The plates are hand-coloured, with three plates heightened with gold, two in Volume I (plates opposite page 88 and page 296) and one in Volume 2 (plate opposite page 394).
catalogue key
996548
 
Gift to Victoria University Library (Blake no. 781). Bentley, G.E., Jr. 2005/10/01.

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