[Slave Trade][Africa] a Journal, Comprising an Account of the Loss of the Brig Commerce . .
1817 · Hartford
by Robbins, Archibald
Hartford: F. D. Bolles & Company, 1817. Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 7" x 4 1/4". Brown leather boards, gilt title. Pp. Vii, , 258 + folding frontispiece map. Good: boards heavily worn and scuffed with a few small gauges; light to moderate foxing throughout; a number of dog ears in the early portion of text; loss of approximately one-third of foldout map. Archibald Robbins was among the crew of Captain James Riley's ill-fated slaving expedition to Africa aboard the Brig Commerce. Captured by passing nomads after running aground off the African coast, the crew suffered abuse and severe thirst and hunger during their journey through the Sahara. Captain Riley released a book of the same account, "Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig 'Commerce,' " but Robbins' journal narrates from the perspective of a crew member, describing in detail the challenges they endured as they struggled to get back home. (Inventory #: 806)