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Jamaica at the Colonial Exhibition...

HOWITT Samuel (1886.)

£300.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First edition. Portrait frontispiece, 3 plates & a folding map. 8vo. A fine copy in original publisher's pictorial cloth, elaborately gilt, owner's name stamped in gilt to upper board, some minor soiling to lower board, a.e.g., presentation inscription to title page. xii, 100pp. London,

This copy belonged to the Rev. Dr Robb, chairman of the Commission at Jamaica and chairman of the board of governors. It bears the presentation inscription from honorary commissioner, C .Washington Eves: "With compliments, C Washington Eves."

The 1886 Colonial and India fair was major event in the life of London that year. It was primarily a showcase for the commercial prospects of the colonies, the advance of which promoting closer ties through the British Empire.

Jamaica being "the largest and most valuable of the West India Islands belonging to Great Britain" was encouraged to make the most of the "opportunity of a century" and C. Washington Eve's informative preface outlines the process through which Jamaica's presence at the exhibition ("Jamaica Court") was organised. The first part of the book is an overview of the Jamaican economy - its exports and imports - a list of articles sent from the island and a list of those collected in England. The second part is a Handbook compiled for the Governors of the Jamaica Institute. This handbook is a neat digest of Jamaican history, with extra notes on natural history, government and trade. The Rev. Dr Robb has contributed an article to it: "Jamaica as a Health Resort and as a Place to settle in..."

Stock Code: 215286