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Ellis (John) A Description of the Mangostan and the Bread-Fruit...[with] Directions to Voyagers, for bringing over these and other Vegetable Productions, which would be extremely beneficial to the Inhabitants of our West India Islands, first edition, 4 engraved plates, a little foxed or browned, plates generally clean but offset, original boards, uncut, contemporary manuscript label with author and title pasted at head of upper board, rebacked and cornered in calf, rubbed, [Henrey 680; Nissen BBI 589], 4to, for the Author, sold by Edward and Charles Dilly, 1775.

⁂ Proposal to import the mangosteen and breadfruit to the West Indies as a cheap and labour-friendly source of food for the people, notably the slaves on the plantations. This was also suggested by the West Indies Committee the same year, offering a prize for anyone transporting breadfruit, and gained the support of Sir Joseph Banks. The idea was finally put into practice when, in 1787, Lt. William Bligh left for Tahiti on the Bounty. Having stocked the ship with 1000 plants the Bounty embarked for the West Indies in April 1789 but after fewer than four weeks Fletcher Christian led the famous mutiny against Bligh.

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Ellis (John) A Description of the Mangostan and the

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing
220 Queenstown Road
London, SW8 4LP
United Kingdom
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