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".