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BEAVER, Philip.

African Memoranda:

relative to an attempt to establish a British settlement on the Island of Bulama, on the western coast of Africa, in the year 1792. With a brief notice of the neighbouring tribes, soil production, etc. and some observations on the facility of colonizing t

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London, Baldwin, 1805

Lady Stanley's wonderful note on the dedication leaf reads 'To that man, of whatever nation, who, with equal means, shall do more towards the introduction of civilization, by cultivation and commerce, to the inhabitants of the western coast of Africa, than was effected by the enterprise of which the following sheets are descriptive; these memoranda are respectfully inscribed, by Philip Beaver'. Lady Stanley has added, to the foot of the dedication, in pencil 'To Stanley. That Man Dorothy Stanley 1910'.

Beaver made a considerable name for himself as a Captain in the Royal Navy, serving with distinction in the Mediterranean and the East Indies during the Napoleonic Wars. Prior to that, however, 'he associated himself with a scheme for colonising the island of Bulama on the coast of Africa, near Sierra Leone. The whole affair seems to have been conducted without forethought or knowledge. The would-be settlers were, for the most

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First edition. 4to, [viii], xv, 500 pp., with a note by Dorothy Stanley to dedication leaf, large folding map, 2 full-page engraved plans, later red half morocco gilt by Mudie, top edge gilt, a fine copy.


Cox I, 398; Gay 3196; Brunet 28440.

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