DALTON, Henry Gibbs. The History of British Guiana Comprising a General Description of the Colony; a Narrative of Some of the Principal Events from the Earliest Period of its Discovery to the Present Time; with an Account of its Climate, Geology, Products, Natural History. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1855.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, spine ornamented in gilt and with contrasting lettering-pieces, all edges and endpapers marbled, rebacked; pp. xv, 518; vii, 580, folding map, two engraved frontispieces and 4 engraved plates; occasional light spotting; a very good copy; provenance: contemporary engraved bookplates of Cork Mutual Improvement Association Library inside front covers.
Sole edition. Apart from a thorough history of the country, this scarce title deals with the ethnography, natural history, and present state of Guiana as an important British colony. Henry Gibbs Dalton (1818-1874) was the son of a sugar planter and surgeon in Georgetown. As an excellent linguist he spoke French, Italian, and Portuguese fluently, and a little Hindustani, Dutch, Spanish, and German.
Sabin 18350 (map and only 3 plates).