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A Defence of the Scots Settlement At Darien. With An Answer to the Spanish Memorial against it. And Arguments to prove that it is the Interest of England to join with the Scots, and protect it. To which is added, A Description of the Country, and a particular Account of the Scots Colony.

pp. [viii], 86. Lacking F8, a blank. Later half calf and marbled boards, title a little dusty and slightly shaved at the fore-edge, leaf A7 also shaved along the fore-edge margin with the loss of a few letters at the bottom of the pages, leaf B2 with fore-edge margin repaired with loss of a few letters, leaves B3-6 with the lower margins shaved without loss of text, leaves C3 and D3-6 similarly affected, leaves D7-8 with top edge margin strengthened without loss, a single worm-hole at the lower edge of gatherings C and D, expanding into a single track only affecting a few letters, despite all of which most of the text is clean and in good order, ex libris RICHARD FREEMAN, Darwin scholar and bibliographer.

*WING F2047 ; ESTC R6186 - one of 4 differing imprints in the same year. The settlement of Darien was founded in 1698 on the coast of present-day Panama. It did not last, smitten by malaria and other diseases, lack of supplies, internal dissension, trading difficulties and the constants threat of the Spanish. This pamphlet is a forlorn effort to persuade English interests to become involved and is of especial interest in its descriptions of the indigenous people, their agriculture and the natural history.


Date Published: 1699. 8vo.

Stock No. 62617

Price: 800.00