ALCEDO, Antonio de. The Geographical and Historical Dictionary of America and the West Indies. Containing an Entire Translation of the Spanish Work of Colonel Don Antonio de Alcedo, . with Large Additions and Compilations from Modern Voyages and Travels, and from Original and Authentic Information. By G. A. Thompson. London, James Carpenter and others, 1812-15.
Five volumes, 4to. 20th-century green half morocco over cloth-covered boards, spines with raised bands and lettered in gilt; occasional spotting to text; from Hertford Public Libraries (released in the 1990s) with their stamps; complete with appendix, subsriber's list to volume one (including William Wilberforce) and some publisher's advertisements at the end, without half-titles and subscriber's list at the end of the fifth volume.
First edition in English, 'for its additions, etc., … infinitely superior to the original' (Sabin). The impressive work had appeared in Madrid between 1786 and 1789. It remains the gazetteer and complete political, social and natural history of the Americas at the end of the 18th century. Some copies have additional prefaces and a short appendix on the war of 1812 bound in. The extremely rare atlas of maps not present here, as usual.