Item #194506 BARBOT ON GUINEA. Writings of Jean Barbot on West Africa, 1678 - 1712. Two Volumes. Jean BARBOT, Paul Hair.

BARBOT ON GUINEA. Writings of Jean Barbot on West Africa, 1678 - 1712. Two Volumes.

London, Published by the Hakluyt Society, 1992. 8vo pp.cxxviii,+ 1-328 ;pp.viii + 329-916, with 57 illustrations. index, bibliography. Original blue cloth titled in gilt, in complete dust wrappers now protected..

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Jean Barbot, who served as a commercial agent on French slave-trading voyages to West Africa in 1678-9 and 1681-2, in 1683 began an account of the Guinea coast, based partly on his voyage journals (only one of which is extant) and partly on previous printed sources. The work was interrupted by his flight to England, as a Huguenot refugee, in 1685, and not finished until 1688. When Barbot found that his lengthy French account could not be published, he rewrote it in English, enlarging it even further, and then continually revising it up to his death in 1712. The manuscript was eventually published in 1732. Barbot's book had considerable influence on later European attitudes to Black Africa and the Atlantic slave trade and in modern writings on both subjects is frequently cited as evidence. The French account serves as the base for the present edition and is presented in English translation but additional material in the later English version is inserted. The edition concentrates on Barbot's original information.

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