Abbé Raynal (Guillaume Thomas François Raynal).
A Philosophical and Political History of the Settlements and Trade of the Europeans in the East and West Indies.
London: Printed for Strahan, 1798.
8o. marquilla, VI + 451; VI + 490; VII + 487; VII + 473; VII + 388; V + 540 p. + 1 h.
First translation to English by J.O. Justamond. Volumes I-IV.
Volume I: Portrait of the author and three maps.
Volumes II, III, IV and VI: Each includes a map. Map of volume III slightly torn.
Bound in leather, hardcover.
Books on European settlements and colonization. A complete study on commerce and colonization throughout the New World and Asia, including detailed descriptions on wars, conquests, settlements, discoveries, commercial routes, agriculture, and missionary activities.
Raynal's work was forbidden by the French parliament due to his analysis of slavery and colonization, and his democratic inclinations in years previous to the French Revolution. Translated to different languages, this English edition includes seven excellent maps of Europe, Africa, the East Indies, South America, Mexico, The Antilles, and the United States by Thomas Kitchin. The map of the United States includes British, French, and Spanish settlements according to the Treaty of 1783. It is also one of the first maps to ever officially recognize the United States.
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