STEDMAN, JOHN GABRIEL. 1744-1797.
Narrative of a Five Years' Expedition, against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America; from the Year 1772, to 1777.... London: J. Johnson, 1796.
2 volumes. 4to (290 x 223 mm). xviii, 407, [1 blank], ; iv, 404,  pp. Subscribers list, directions for placing the plates (2), and errata (2). Hand-colored engraved portrait, 2 engraved titles with hand-colored vignettes, 4 folding hand-colored plates (2 maps colored in outline, a plan and a view), and 76 hand-colored plates by Bartolozzi, William Blake, and others. Period marbled calf gilt. Scattered toning and minor (mostly marginal) stains, closed tear to Y4 (vol 1) and long repaired tear to G3 (vol 2), rebacked, light wear to extremities.
FIRST EDITION, FINE AND LARGE HAND-COLORED COPY. An exceptional copy, well-margined and fully hand-colored, one of the plates heightened with gold. "In 1772 [Stedman] volunteered to accompany an expedition sent out by the States-General to subdue the revolted Negroes in Surinam, or Dutch Guiana ... The field of his curiosity embraced not only all branches of natural history, but also economical and social conditions. His description of the cruelties practiced on the Negroes, and of the moral deterioration resulting to their masters, forms one of the most vivid indictments of slavery that have been penned" (ODNB). Abbey Travel 719; Sabin 91075.