Published by J. Allart, 1799/1800, Amsterdam. First Edition. 4 volumes. Contemporary full calf, spines divided and beautifully gilt ornamented in compartments. Pages are gilt edged. With 4 folding engraved maps, folding engraved plan, and 37 engraved views and plates, one large folding, by R. Vinkeles, J. Wijsman, and A. Zurcher (after the English original).
XVI, 339; VII, 327 (1); VIII, 351 (1); VIII, 308 pp. First Dutch edition of Stedman’s famous narrative, the most famous work on Dutch Surinam, after the original English edition published at London in 1796. The author, who took part in the punitive expedition sent by the Dutch Republic to subdue the revolted negro-slaves of Surinam, travelled through the country from 1772 to 1777. Stedman possessed not only a keen mind and eye for the geography, politics, and natural history of the country, but also for its economical and social conditions. Most impressive, however, and very modern are his vivid descriptions of the brutal treatment of the negroes, and his enlightened reflections upon the moral perversions of the slave-owners, leading him to pronounce the strongest possible indictment against slavery. Stedman’s account stands out as a model of reporting. His observations gave rise to a storm of protest in liberal Europe, and then his publisher did not even allow him to publish all he originally wrote down.