Place and Imprint: Edinburgh: Printed for Arch. Constable and Vernor and Hood, 1800.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 2028; not in Garside and Schöwerling.
Condition: Text a bit foxed and smudged, but sound; very good copy.
Book ID: 26025
Physical Description8vo, modern brown half morocco, marbled paper boards, black label, gilt lettering, untrimmed. Half-title present.
CommentsAn autobiographical novel by Scottish poet Hector MacNeill (1746-1818) who was sent to the West Indies as a young man in hopes that he would find a vocation as a sailor, but he eventually returned to Scotland and authorship. These memoirs follow Charles MacPherson to the West Indies in his quest for employment and in the process he comments at length on the customs of the islands and in particular "the nature, treatment and possible improvement of the negro in the British and French West India Islands."