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75
Hamond, Walter
A PARADOX. PROOVING THAT THE INHABITANTS OF THE ISLE CALLED MADAGASCAR, OR ST. LAURENCE, (IN TEMPORALL THINGS) ARE THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. WHEREUNTO IS PREFIXED, A BRIEFE AND TRUE DESCRIPTION OF THAT ISLAND. LONDON: NATHANIELL BUTTER, 1640
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 GBP
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75
Hamond, Walter
A PARADOX. PROOVING THAT THE INHABITANTS OF THE ISLE CALLED MADAGASCAR, OR ST. LAURENCE, (IN TEMPORALL THINGS) ARE THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. WHEREUNTO IS PREFIXED, A BRIEFE AND TRUE DESCRIPTION OF THAT ISLAND. LONDON: NATHANIELL BUTTER, 1640
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 6,875 GBP
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Hamond, Walter
A PARADOX. PROOVING THAT THE INHABITANTS OF THE ISLE CALLED MADAGASCAR, OR ST. LAURENCE, (IN TEMPORALL THINGS) ARE THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. WHEREUNTO IS PREFIXED, A BRIEFE AND TRUE DESCRIPTION OF THAT ISLAND. LONDON: NATHANIELL BUTTER, 1640
FIRST EDITION, 2 parts in one volume, small 4to (186 x 140mm.), sectional title, later calf gilt by Riviere & Son, London
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RARE. Hamond's fascinating albeit overly fanciful accounts of the island of Madagascar. Sent by the East India Company to assess the feasibility of colonizing the island, Hamond produced these two reports. The first comprises a description of the island, its climate and indigenous people while the second relays the argument for the happiness of the Madagascans and the benefits the country would have to offer as an outpost for servicing the company's ships en route for the Persian Gulf and the Far East (see lot 76).

Hamond tells about their great friendliness and Edenic innocence: "We beyond expectation, found them very affable, courteous, and just in their dealings, and lived among them about four moneths, with that familiarity and friendship, as if we had beene all of one Nation, and their Country had beene our owne".  

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