A Voyage to the West Indies: Containing various observations made during a residence in Barbadoes, and Several of the Leeward Islands, with some notices and illustrations relative to the city of Paramabo, in Surinam. John Augustine Waller, Surgeon, R.N. London: Printed for Sir Richard Phillips and Co., 1820..
8vo, marbled boards, hafl leather. 106 pp. Map & six aquatint plates engraved on copper by Neele & Son after sketches by R. Stennett. A rare original first edition.
John Waller was stationed in the West Indies from 1807 to 1810. Ragatz describes his book well: “The author was a surgeon assigned to the naval hospital in Barbados in 1807 and later to a war vessel cruising through the islands. He spent about four years in Caribbean service and became throughly familiar with colonial society. His book presents an interesting picture of the rushing business conducted by the slave traders in Barbados on the eve of abolition and gives accounts of encounters with the Spanish and French during the course of the Napoleonic wars.