Jamaica: Its Past and Present State. James M. Phillippo.

Jamaica: Its Past and Present State.

London: John Snow, 1843. xvi, 487 pp. Illus. with 16 engravings (10 full page plates, 6 others). Sm. 8vo. Cloth. First edition. Front joint slit but nicely repaired, boards soiled and rubbed, edgewear, scattered foxing most heavily to margins of plates, binding tight, a solid copy and certainly good of better. Sabin 62468. Cundall (Jamaicenis) 302. LCPhila. Afro-Americana 8155. Ragatz p. 231. Not in Blockson. Item #35101

[Phillippo's"... book aimed to unite a missionary's story with a history and topography of Jamaica. It drew on the long tradition of Christian writing associated with conversion, together with a distinctive nineteenth century genre, the missionary story, which told of the encounter with heathenism and its triumphant defeat. This was then combined with the anti-slavery traveller's tale to produce Jamaica for England and the new Jamaica for Jamaica," Hall, Civilising Subject (Univ. Chicago, 2002) p. 175. "Of considerable value for the study of nonconformist activities in the colonies. The author went to Jamaica as a Baptist missionary in 1823 and during the next twenty years established 25 stations and churches and 17 day schools....Gives geographical, historical and social surveys," Ragatz: Guide to the Study of British Caribbean History, 1763-1824, p. 231.

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