A Journal Comprising an Account of the Loss of the Brig Commerce, of Hartford (Con.) James Riley, Master, Upon the Western Coast of Africa, August 28th, 1815; Also of the Slavery and Sufferings of the Author and the Rest of the Crew, upon the Desert of Zahara, In the Years 1815, 1816, 1817; With Accounts of the Manners, Customs, and Habits of the Wandering Arabs; Also, a Brief Historical and Geographical View of the Continent of Africa. Archibald Robbins.

A Journal Comprising an Account of the Loss of the Brig Commerce, of Hartford (Con.) James Riley, Master, Upon the Western Coast of Africa, August 28th, 1815; Also of the Slavery and Sufferings of the Author and the Rest of the Crew, upon the Desert of Zahara, In the Years 1815, 1816, 1817; With Accounts of the Manners, Customs, and Habits of the Wandering Arabs; Also, a Brief Historical and Geographical View of the Continent of Africa

Hartford, Conn: Silas Andrus, 1818. Very Good in None Issued dust-jacket Later Edition. Hartford: Silas Andrus, 1818. Fifth Edition. Pp 275. Small 8vo (7” x 4.5”), full calf brown period binding with shelf wear ; “Robbins’ Journal” in gilt on red spine label; occasional foxing throughout and binding is tight; map has 1.5” x 1.5” lower corner missing and typical folding tears that have been repaired with no loss of detail, no prior ownership marks; a very good copy. Item #11705

A detailed account of the wreck of the Brig Commerce in a violent gale off the west coast of Africa, the trials and tribulations of the crew in their unsuccessful efforts to avoid the Arab hordes, whose customs and style are described, as well as the resourcefulness of the crew in surviving, the traversal of the Sahara and arrival in Morocco, then populated by a mixed culture of chiefly Arabs and Jews, with many Christian slaves. They ultimately arrived in Tangier and the safety of the American consulate in Gibraltar. A lively and informative narrative.

Price: $150.00

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